Area OPP Police Press Releases

Repeat Offender Hits Police Cruiser While Fleeing In Stolen Vehicle – Name Released

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) – One person has been arrested following a series of events that involved a stolen truck, a damaged cruiser, and a number of different police jurisdictions.

On November 29 2020, just before 8:00 p.m., Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers from both Perth and Oxford Counties responded to a vehicle that was reported stolen out of Waterloo Region, and had been located in the parking lot of a business on Woodstock Street North, Tavistock. Police attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver fled the area after striking a police cruiser. The driver was identified by officers, and a warrant was sought for their arrest. Police in two surrounding jurisdictions patrolled for the vehicle, which was located and the driver arrested.

As a result, Nickholas Lee Dexter WHEELER, 22, of Kitchener, has been charged with:

  • Flight from Peace Officer
  • Dangerous Operation
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order

The accused was held in custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford at a later date to answer to the charges. 

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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