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Cruiser Struck & Foot Chase – 26 Year Old Arrested

(PERTH EAST, ON) – An observant officer investigating a suspicious vehicle led to a damaged cruiser, and numerous charges for a Stratford resident.

Just after 4:00 a.m. on January 27, 2022, a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on general patrol on Perth Line 40, in the Township of Perth East, located a suspicious vehicle on a property. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it struck the cruiser and tried to flee. The vehicle became stuck, and the suspect fled on foot. While fleeing, the suspect committed a break and enter at a nearby property. With the assistance of the OPP Canine and West Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), the suspect was located a short distance away and arrested.

The investigation revealed that the vehicle the suspect was operating had been stolen.

As a result, Jacob PATERSON, 26, of Stratford, has been charged with:

–       Break, Enter a Place -Commit Indictable Offence

–       Trespassing at Night

–       Operation while Prohibited under the Criminal Code

–       Dangerous Operation

–       Failure to Stop After Accident

–       Flight from Peace Officer

–       Fail to Comply with Probation Order

–       Possession of Break In Instruments

–       Break, Enter a Place – with Intent to Commit Indictable Offence

–       Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine

–       Failure to Comply with Release Order – Other than to attend court

–       Trespassing at Night

–       Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

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