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Kirkland Lake man accused of driving snowmobile directly at police officer

Officer had to jump out of the way in order to avoid being hit, police say
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NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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On Jan. 26, 2019, members of the Kirkland Lake Detachment of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a motorized snow vehicle (MSV) in the Town of Kirkland Lake, Ont. The MSV accelerated directly towards the officer who was standing outside of the cruiser, the officer had to jump out of the way in order to avoid being hit. The MSV then fled the area. 

As a result of the police investigation, the OPP have charged a local man. 

Alexander Booth, age 26, of Kirkland Lake, Ont., has been charged with the following: 

  • Dangerous operation, contrary to section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code (CC), and
  • Assault a peace officer with a weapon, contrary to section 270.01(1)(a) of the CC

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kirkland Lake, Ont., on March 7, 2019. 

Police are asking that any person with information regarding this incident should contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority. 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online where you may eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.  

"The Kirkland Lake OPP is committed to the safety of the communities we serve. The operation of any motor vehicle or motorized snow vehicle (MSV) is a privilege not a right in the Province of Ontario and those who choose not to operate their vehicles in an appropriate fashion will be held to account for their actions. The investigative excellence and charges levied in this investigation should serve as a reminder to MSV operators that they need ride safely and comply with all of the rules of the road," states A/S/Sgt. A.F. (Adam) Estabrooks, acting detachment commander, Kirkland Lake Detachment.

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