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Flight from police results in charges

A 28-year-old Thunder Bay resident is facing charges after fleeing from police Tuesday afternoon.
OPP vehicle
Image from the OPP

MARATHON -- A Thunder Bay resident is facing charges after fleeing from police on Highway 17.

According to an Ontario Provincial Police release, officers observed a blue Chevy Cruise on Tuesday around 3:15 p.m. travelling westbound on Highway 17, Township of White River, at a very high rate of speed.

Police say a traffic stop was initiated west of White River, however, the vehicle failed to stop, accelerated and continued westbound on Highway 17.

Due to public safety, the officer discontinued the traffic stop.

The vehicle was later observed by Marathon OPP travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 17, east of Marathon.

Police attempted another traffic stop, but the vehicle braked hard and then sped up. The traffic stop was again discontinued due to public safety.

Police set up and deployed a spike belt successfully and the vehicle pulled onto the shoulder of the highway a short distance later.

The driver, Chantal OLYNYK, 28, of Thunder Bay, ON was arrested and charged with failing to stop for police and speeding.

The accused was arrested, and transported to the Marathon OPP, and later released with a provincial court date of July 7 in Marathon.

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