Police seek witnesses in case of dangerous driving on Hwy 17

Police are looking for witnesses who may have been on Highway 17 east or west of Deep River around noon Tuesday after charging a young Ottawa driver with going almost 90 km/h over the speed limit.

Police say that on October 13, 2020, just after 12 noon, members of the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a driving complaint regarding a vehicle travelling eastbound on Highway 17 in Head, Clara and Maria Township.

The vehicle was reported as being driven in dangerous manner and at excessive speeds.

Police stopped the vehicle on Highway 17 at Doran Road after clocking the vehicle at 178 km/h in a posted 90 km/h zone.

The driver, a 19-year-old man from Ottawa, was charged with “operating a motor vehicle while performing a stunt – speeding,” contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

He was also charged under the Criminal Code (CC) for dangerous driving and obstructing police.

Two passengers, a 23-year-old male from Ottawa and a 25-year-old female from Brossard, QC, were also arrested and charged with obstructing police under the CC.

Obstruction charges were laid as a result of the individuals refusing the exit the vehicle, even as it was being towed.

The driver had his licence suspended and the vehicle was towed and impounded, both for a period of seven days.

All three accused parties were released on the charges and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on November 24, 2020.

The accused was driving a black Chevrolet Cruze with Quebec plates. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident on Highway 17 around noon on October 13, 2020 is asked to contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-735-0188 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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