Officers deploy spike belt to stop suspected impaired driver in Orillia

Police in Orillia deployed a spike belt in an effort to stop a suspected impaired driver that refused to stop for officers.

According to the OPP, officers observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed in the downtown area around 2 a.m. on Sunday (June 28).

“Officers attempted to stop the vehicle with negative results. Information about the vehicle was shared to other officers in the area,” reads a media release.

The vehicle was located a short time later and officers deployed a spike belt in order to get it stopped, police say.

“The attempt to stop the vehicle was successful. The driver was subsequently arrested and it was apparent the driver was impaired,” the media release reads.

Matthew Tessier, 37, of Oakville has been charged with adult flight from peace officer, adult dangerous operation, adult operation while impaired – alcohol and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

He was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Orillia court on Aug. 4.

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