Alleged Crack Dealer Arrested After “High” Speed Getaway.

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to The Westfort on Brown Street following reports of an assault just before 11:30 pm. on Sunday, March 24.

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When officers arrived they learned a male who had been drinking already fled. Minutes later officers located an individual matching the accused person’s description at the parking lot of a nearby McDonald’s restaurant.

An investigation revealed the accused male had been travelling northbound on Brown Street at a high rate of speed before colliding with a pole and pickup truck. The male attempted to flee after coming to a stop in the restaurant parking lot, but an off-duty police officer had witnessed the incident and took him into custody.

When officers arrived to the restaurant they arrested the male for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. Officers learned the accused had been fighting with paramedics and the off-duty officer before the arrest.

Following a search of the vehicle the accused had been driving police located a quantity of suspected crack cocaine and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.

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Jacob Daniel WATTIE, 23, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

  • Assault.
  • Uttering Threats – Death or Bodily Harm.
  • Possession of Schedule 1 Substance for Purpose of Trafficking.
  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
  • Operations of a Motor Vehicle While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs.
  • Failure to Comply With Demand (Breath).

Wattie has known ties to Ottawa.

WATTIE appeared in court Monday morning and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date.

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