Police chase through Bracebridge, Gravenhurst
Brampton Man Charged After Police Pursuit
(BRACEBRIDGE, ON) - On October 2, 2020 just before midnight, a Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was conducting speed enforcement on Highway 11 North in Bracebridge when a vehicle approached his location travelling well in excess of the posted speed limit. The officer clocked the vehicle at 143 km/hr and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle exited from Highway 11 North onto Cedar Lane and continued into the town of Bracebridge at a high rate of speed, refusing to stop for police. After a short pursuit the officer was able to block the vehicle in on Shier street in Bracebridge however the driver lurched his vehicle at the officer and was ultimately able to maneuver out of the situation. Officers located the suspect vehicle travelling southbound on Highway 11, eventually exiting into Gravenhurst and ultimately conducted a traffic stop as it entered a driveway on Fernwood Drive in Gravenhurst.
Officers arrested the driver, commenced an investigation and located a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Police arrested and charged 31 year-old Colin OLAFEMI of Brampton, ON with the following:
· Possession of a Loaded Prohibited Firearm CC 95(a)
· Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order CC 117.01(1) X 4
· Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon CC 270.01(1)(a)
· Flight From Peace Officer CC 320.17
· Dangerous Operation CC 320.13(1)
· Careless Storage of a Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition CC86(1) X 2
· Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm CC92(1)
· Occupant of Motor Vehicle knowing there was Firearm CC 94
· Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm CC 91(1)
· Several Highway Traffic Act Offenses
The accused was held in custody and will appear for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge, ON on Monday October 5, 2020.
The passenger has not yet been located and is described as a clean shaven, non-white male. There are no public safety concerns at this time and anyone with information is asked to call Bracebridge OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.