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Suspect caught after attempting high-speed flight from police

OPP arrest 34-year-old Saskatchewan man after suspect flees Highway 17 traffic stop near Marathon.

MARATHON, Ont. -- A Saskatchewan man is facing multiple charges after attempting to flee in a stolen vehicle from police near Marathon over the weekend.

Provincial police officers east of Marathon were on patrol on Highway 17 east of Marathon at 2 a.m. on Saturday when a westbound vehicle was observed travelling at a high rate of speed.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but it instead sped up. The officer did not pursue the vehicle after obtaining a description.

Officers searched the area and the vehicle was later found abandoned on a side road about 20 kilometres west of Marathon. The suspect was then found north of the vehicle along a snowmobile trail.

The 34-year-old man has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight while pursued by an officer, possession of cocaine and two Highway Traffic Act offences including racing a vehicle at excessive speed.

The suspect was taken to the OPP detachment in Marathon where he appeared in video court. He has since been transferred to the Thunder Bay District Jail. 

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