Two Peterborough teens were arrested on Wednesday (December 6) following a police pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Highway 144 south of South Porcupine in Timmins.
The incident resulting in the closure of a section of Highway 144 for around seven hours on Wednesday.
The two teens allegedly stole the vehicle, a 1998 Toyota Corolla, on Tuesday afternoon (December 5) from a George Street North parking lot while the owner was at work.
On Wednesday morning at 9:40 a.m., North East Region OPP identified the stolen car travelling north bound on Highway 144 and attempted to intercept it. The motor vehicle was abandoned and two male suspects left the motor vehicle on foot into a wooded area off of Highway 144.
The OPP closed Highway 144 between Highway 101 and the Watershed (east of Highway 661) near Gogama while they searched for the suspects. At 3:30 p.m., the OPP North East Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), with the assistance of the OPP North East Region Canine unit, located and arrested the two suspects. Highway 144 was reopened at 5 p.m.
As a result of the investigation, the OPP have charged 18-year-old Nathaniel Blair with possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, flight while pursued by peace officer, fail to comply with conditions of undertaking, and two counts of fail to comply with sentence.
The OPP have also arrested and charged a 17-year-old male from Peterborough, who cannot be named as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act. His charges include possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, flight while pursued by peace officer, and fail to comply with sentence.
Both suspects remain in custody until their bail hearing today (December 8).