Traffic as a cop's best friend: Police catch up with a man driving a stolen truck after he got stuck in a jam

The bane of drivers, transit passengers, cyclists — and on Thursday, one particular truck thief. A traffic jam enabled Halton police to catch up with a Mississauga man who stole a large cargo truck and took it for a ride along Highway 401 near Milton.

Man also in possession of drugs, and tools specifically designed for stealing cars and trucks

Halton Regional Police arrested a man who stole a cargo truck Thursday. (Halton Regional police)

The bane of drivers, transit passengers, cyclists — and on Thursday morning, one particular truck thief.

A traffic jam enabled Halton police to catch up to a Mississauga man who stole a large cargo truck and took it for a ride along Highway 401 near Milton.

At 8:52 a.m. a member of the public alerted Halton Regional Police to a man driving a stolen truck near Highway 401 and Steeles Avenue.

The officers went to the area and identified the truck, but were unsuccessful in apprehending the driver. They "strategically followed the vehicle" and chased it south on Winston Churchill Boulevard in Milton, police said in a news release.

At that point, the driver of the stolen truck got stuck behind other vehicles in a traffic jam.

"Seizing this opportunity, officers quickly arrested the driver," said police.

When officers subsequently conducted a search they found drugs and "numerous tools specifically designed for the purposes of stealing motor vehicles." Police also discovered the accused was driving while under suspension. 

The accused is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, flight while being pursued by police, and possession of a controlled substance, break-in instruments and an automobile master key.