(NIPIGON, ON) – Officers with the Nipigon detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police had their hands full attempting to apprehend a suspect that is alleged to have stolen a truck from an area resident.
During the pursuit, it is alleged that the driver of the stolen truck smashed the vehicle through two police cruisers that had the road blocked off. Numerous spike belts were deployed across the road which deflated two tires on the truck during the incident.
Officers attempted to pull over the stolen truck but the driver did not comply. OPP decided to end the pursuit in the interest of public safety.
TRCCTB.COM has obtained numerous photos of the damaged truck after police recovered the stolen vehicle. The suspect, who is believed to have been intoxicated on alcohol abandoned the stolen truck after it became stuck in a ditch. A foot pursuit was initiated by officers once the male attempted to flee.
22-year-old James Kenneth Rule, a resident of Thunder Bay, was arrested and charged with numerous offences, including driving while impaired on alcohol. Rule has a considerable criminal record and is alleged to have smashed a vehicle into another vehicle a number of times before this incident.
Rule has also faced criminal charges involving assaulting a woman and theft.
Below are photos of the damaged truck followed by a video which shows the truck smashing into the police cruisers. The second part of the video shows the location of the truck when it became stuck in the ditch. Below the video, is the previous article about this situation and below the previous article are previous articles about the suspect, James Kenneth Rule.
On Monday, August 19th, 2019, at approximately 9:45 pm officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were contacted by a member of the public advising someone had stolen their pickup truck from their driveway.
Officers conducted patrols locating the stolen vehicle approximately 5 minutes later in the Town of Nipigon.
An officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop however the vehicle failed to stop for police. In the interest of public safety no pursuit was conducted after a description of the vehicle and driver were obtained.
Officers contained the area. The vehicle continued to drive past officers several times without stopping. Spike belt tire deflation devices were deployed causing two of the tires to lose air. The driver continued to operate the vehicle at a high rate of speed in the residential area.
The driver then rammed two police vehicles causing significant damage to the stolen vehicle and police cruisers. The vehicle entered a ditch and became stuck a short distance later.
The driver fled the scene on foot. Police located and arrested the driver a short time later after receiving a tip from local residents who observed and advised police of the suspect’s location.
The driver of the stolen vehicle James Kenneth Rule, 22 years old of Thunder Bay, Ontario has been charged with the following offences:
- Theft Over $5,000 of a Motor Vehicle CC 334(a)
- Flight from peace officer CC 320.17
- Dangerous operation of a Motor Vehicle CC 320.13(1)
- Mischief Over $5,000 CC 430(3) x2
- Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs CC 320.14(1)(a)
- Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) CC 320.14(1)(b)
- Operation while prohibited CC 320.18
He has been remanded into custody at the Thunder Bay District Jail.
Police wish to thank the concerned citizens who assisted by providing information during this incident.
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