Possible parental child abduction matter leads to police pursuit



Amherstburg police arrested and charged a 26-year-old Windsor man following an incident Monday morning.

Amherstburg police stated they received information from Leamington OPP in relation to a stolen vehicle and a possible parental child abduction that had occurred in their area and the driver could be arrested on reasonable and probable grounds for theft of automobile.

At approximately 11:19 a.m. Monday, Amherstburg police say they observed the vehicle travelling northbound in the 1100 block of County Road 20 South. Police activated their emergency lighting in an attempt to stop the vehicle but the vehicle allegedly failed to stop for police. At this time, police attempted to safely stop the vehicle by doing a rolling block with several police units but were unsuccessful.

Police say the suspect vehicle proceeded to flee from police and was allegedly driving erratically and at high rates of speed northbound on Sandwich St. S. at which point police disengaged pursuit and followed the vehicle at a safe distance.

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According to police, when the suspect vehicle approached the intersection of Sandwich St. and Alma St., the vehicle left the roadway to evade stopped police cars and struck several objects and parked cars, including an Amherstburg police car.

The vehicle continued to flee from police eastbound on Alma and eventually stopped on a front lawn on Fort St.

The male was then arrested without incident. Police say it was learned he had his nine-month-old son in the vehicle at the time and due to the seriousness of the incident, the Children’s Aid Society was contacted and is involved with the care of the child.

Amherstburg police say the 26-year-old male faces several Criminal Code driving offenses, other Criminal Code offenses and Highway Traffic Act offenses. He was held for a show cause hearing and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The investigation is ongoing and if anyone has information in this matter, they are asked to contact police at 519-736-3622 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477) or www.catchcrooks.com.

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