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Police say it was a team effort to end last week’s police chase

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Mattawa OPP officers responded to a request last Thursday from Gatineau Police Service for assistance in apprehending a man believed to be in the Mattawa area. A high-speed police chase that ended in North Bay ensued, during which multiple spike belts were deployed in an effort to slow the man.

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A 31-year-old male driver from Gatineau was the lone occupant of the Cadillac. His eventual arrest occurred in the construction zone on Highway 11 south of North Bay. The arrest was assisted by officers from the North Bay, Powassan and Almaguin Highlands Detachments of the OPP, North Bay Crime Unit, Emergency Response Team (ERT), members of the North East Highway Safety Division (HSD), the OPP Aviation Service, and responding officers from the North Bay Police Service.

As a result of the investigation the driver has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight while pursued by a peace officer, fail to comply with a probation order, and fail to comply with a recognizance.

The man remains in custody and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on Aug. 29. According to the OPP, to protect the identity of the victim in the original complaint, filed with the Gatineau Police Service, the accused in this incident will not be identified.

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