(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at approximately 9:11 a.m., a black passenger vehicle failed to stop at Pigeon River Canada Customs Border Crossing.


Members of the Thunder Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) located the vehicle on Highway 61 and conducted a traffic stop.

OPP Forensic Identification Services and the North West Region Crime Unit assisted with the investigation.

As a result, Michael MELICHAR, 39 years of age, from La Grange Park, Illinois, United States of America was arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Assault a Peace Officer While Carrying an Imitation of a Weapon contrary to section 270.01(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC);
  • Possession of Imitation Weapon for Dangerous Purpose contrary to s. 88(1) CC; and with
  • Imitation Firearm-Use While Committing Offence contrary to s. 85(2)(a) CC.

He has been remanded into custody at the Thunder Bay District Jail.


Source: Ontario Provincial Police



  1. Closed the highway for 6 plus hours for that?

    I cant be the only one that can see that’s way over the top? What was the “imitation weapon” a piece of toast eaten into the shape of a gun?

    That’s way overkill!

    1. When your spouse has an imitation weapon pointed at them not knowing if it is real or not next talk. Your “to sit comment was uncalled for and ignorant to say the least!!

      Now grow up

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