Erratic driver arrested after hitting ditch
Police arrest two men after numerous near misses
Thunder Bay OPP caught up with a driver on highway 11/17 who they said went for a wild ride Tuesday afternoon.
Police said they received quite a few phone calls around 4:30 p.m. about a white Ford pickup truck that was speeding and forcing other drivers off the road, nearly causing several collisions.
"Nothing of this magnitude...has happened for a while," said OPP Constable Diana Cole. "Thankfully we did apprehend the driver."
OPP said shortly after the phone calls to the communication centre, officers heard that a passenger who was in the truck had got out, and was hitchhiking near the Ministry of Transportation weigh scales on highway 11/17. He told police the driver picked him up in Winnipeg, and both had been drinking.
Just after this conversation, police got another call, advising them that a white Ford truck had rear-ended a van in front of Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, said Cole.
"That vehicle failed to remain," she said. "Shortly after, officers located a truck on highway 11/17 west of Finnmark Road. The vehicle was in the west bound ditch."
Cole said officers arrested the male driver, who showed signs of impairment.
The truck was stolen from Calgary, and the driver was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.
OPP said a 45 year old man of no fixed address faces a number of charges.
The hitchhiker, a 49 year old man from Chatham, faces posession of property obtained by crime charges.
Both are in custody at the Thunder Bay District Jail.