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(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) On July 12, 2018 at approximately 12:40 pm, Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Officers were dispatched to a traffic complaint on Highway 72 near Butterfly Lake.

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Officers located the vehicle and stopped the driver for travelling at a high rate of speed, in a dangerous manner. Officers determined that the driver was impaired and when asked to exit the vehicle – he fled from police with two passengers inside.

A brief pursuit ensued but was discontinued due to public safety. Officers set up to intercept the vehicle using a tire deflation device (spike belt).

The vehicle was located at approximately 12:53 pm with the passenger now in the driver’s seat, who pulled over for officers. The original driver had exited the vehicle and began walking along Highway 72. Both the driver and passenger were arrested without incident.

A second female passenger was arrested but found not to be involved and released unconditionally. There were no injuries to the occupants or vehicle damage reported.

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As a result of the investigation, Garnet SUMNER (29) of Peguis, MB was charged with:

 

  •  Driving While Ability Impaired contrary to section 253(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Care or Control over 80mgs contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code
  • Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle contrary to section 249.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Flight While Pursued by Peace Officer contrary to section 249.1(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Obstruct Peace Officer contrary to section 129(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Drive Motor Vehicle – No License contrary to section 32(1) of the Highway Traffic Act
  • Fail to Stop for Police contrary to section 216 of the Highway Traffic Act
  • Driving Motor Vehicle with Liquor Readily Available contrary to section 32(1) of the Liquor License Act
  • Race a Motor Vehicle – Excessive Speed contrary to section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act

Also charged was Allen YERXA (31) of Frenchman’s Head, ON;

  •  Driving While Ability Impaired contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Care or Control over 80mgs contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code
  • Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle contrary to section 249(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Flight While Pursued by Peace Officer contrary to section 249.1(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Drive Motor Vehicle – No License contrary to section 32(1) of the Highway Traffic Act
  • Driving Motor Vehicle with Liquor Readily Available contrary to section 32(1) of the Liquor License Act
  • Fail to Stop for Police contrary to section 216 of the Highway Traffic Act

Both males are being held in custody pending a bail hearing on July 18, 2018.

A Short History of Garnet Sumner

According to the Winnipeg Police Service, Sumner was arrested for an alleged convenience store robbery in Winnipeg back in 2014.

Police alleged that he entered a store in the 300 block of Henderson Highway and went back behind the counter, stealing cash, Sumner then left the scene on foot.

Sumner was arrested shortly after.

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In April of 2017, Sumner attracted the attention of law enforcement yet again.

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime and Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), in partnership with the Treaty Three Police, OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), the Northwest Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau (POIB), the Kenora OPP Detachment, Kenora Street Crime Unit, OPP Northwest Region Crisis Negotiation Team and OPP K9 Unit, have charged three people with drug-related offences following an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the City of Kenora.

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, shortly after 4:00 am, as a result of an ongoing investigation, police executed a search warrant on a residence in the North end of the City of Kenora  Two men and a woman were arrested at the scene. A search of the residence located just under 10 grams of Methamphetamine, a small amount of Hydromorphone, Canadian currency, ammunition and other items associated to the drug trafficking trade. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be just over $3000.

As a result of this investigation, police have charged the following people;

Garnet SUMNER, 28 years old of Kenora has been charged with;

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance-other drugs contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA)
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking-other drugs sec. 5(2) CDSA
  • Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 sec. 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Possession of Firearm of Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order sec. 117.01(1) CC.

Christopher FRENCH 34 years old of Kenora has been charged with;

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  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance-other drugs contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA)
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking-other drugs sec. 5(2) CDSA
  • Possession of Firearm of Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order sec. 117.01(1) CC.

Deanne KELNER 27 years old, of Kenora has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance-other drugs contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA)
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking-other drugs sec. 5(2) CDSA

Sumner was arrested in Kenora in November 2017 according to the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. He was alleged to have been a risk to public safety, and it was said he was a “dangerous resident”.

Police had received a report regarding an injured male shortly after 9:00 am on October 31, 2017, following an alleged assault. The male suspect left the scene on foot in the Minto area. Police engaged in an extensive search but were not able to locate the suspect.

The victim and suspect were known to each other, and the victim went to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Local area schools took precautionary measures to ensure the safety of their students, as the “dangerous resident” was at large which included many to be in a “hold and secure” position.

Sumner was charged with assault with a weapon and was held in custody for that charge. Kenora OPP, OPP Organized Crime Unit and Enforcement Bureau, OPP Northwest Region Crime Unit, OPP Northwest Region Emergency Response Team, OPP K9 Unit and the Treaty Three Police Service all had a hand in the arrest.

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The OPP is committed to safety for all who utilize Ontario’s roadways. Members of the public are urged to report Impaired Driving by calling 911 in emergency situations. Complaints of impaired, aggressive or careless driving can also be made by calling 1-888-310-1122 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Sources: OPP Media Release & Winnipeg Police Service Media Release

With Files From Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition

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