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Stolen vehicle involved in Highway 11 crash near Cochrane

Driver transported to local hospital via ambulance
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COCHRANE - On Dec. 4, 2018 at approximately 11:30 a.m., members of the James Bay Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), as well as the Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Highway 11 in Clute Township, west of the Town of Cochrane, Ont.

Police investigation revealed that a male had (allegedly) stolen a motor vehicle and was driving erratically which led to a motor vehicle collision. The involved persons left the scene of the collision, however, was located shortly thereafter. Both occupants suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the driver was transported to a local hospital via ambulance.

Jairus Sutherland, 24 years of age from Moose Factory First Nation, Ont., has been charged with the following offences:
    •    Theft of motor vehicle contrary to section 333.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC),
    •    Two counts of dangerous operation of motor vehicle contrary to section 249(1)(a) CC,
    •    Fail to comply with probation order contrary to section 733.1(1) CC,
    •    Drive motor vehicle - no licence contrary to section 32(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA),
    •    Driver - fail to properly wear seat belt contrary to section 106(2) HTA,
    •    Drive while passenger under 16 fails to properly wear a seat belt contrary to section 106(4)(a)(ii) HTA, and
    •    Fail to remain contrary to section 200(1)(a) HTA.

The accused is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Cochrane, Ont., on Feb. 12, 2019, to answer to the charges.