Kawartha Lakes man facing 20 charges following police chase

A 48-year-old man from Kawartha Lakes is facing a total of 20 charges after allegedly attempting to flee from police in a stolen vehicle in Clarington.

According to police, officers were informed of a suspicious vehicle that entered the Owasco RV compound on Rundle Road around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 4).

“Air1 located the suspicious Ford F-350 pickup truck situated between several RVs. As a police vehicle approached the truck, the suspect fled at a high rate of speed on Rundle Road. The truck was confirmed to be a stolen vehicle from the Kingston area,” reads a media release from police.

“Air1 strategically followed the suspect vehicle, allowing ground units to follow from a safe distance. The truck was observed to drive through residential and commercial areas in Bowmanville and then proceeded to merge onto Highway 401 westbound. The suspect vehicle exited at Brock Street in Whitby and drove at a high rate of speed in residential areas. The suspect vehicle went back onto Highway 401 eastbound and exited at Bowmanville Avenue and north on Highway 57.”

Police say the vehicle continued driving at high rates of speed in oncoming traffic at times.

“Officers from North Division were able to deploy a stop stick and the suspect vehicle eventually came to a stop on the westbound lanes of Highway 7. The suspect was arrested without incident. A loaded firearm was recovered in the vehicle,” the media release reads.

“Air1 followed the stolen vehicle for approximately one hour and just under 100 kilometers before officers were able to safely bring the incident to a safe conclusion.”

George Maxwell of Balsam Lake Road in City of Kawartha Lakes is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance; three counts of drive while under suspension; three counts of operate a conveyance while prohibited; possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; two counts of fail to comply with recognizance; possession of a firearm in motor vehicle; contravene storage; careless storage of a firearm; possession of a loaded restricted firearm; possession of a firearm knowing unauthorized; unauthorized possession of firearm; fail to comply with probation order; dangerous operation of a conveyance and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

He was held for a bail hearing.

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