Saugeen First Nation man facing list of charges

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Grey Bruce OPP have charged a Saugeen First Nation man with a number of serious offences after an incident on Sunday, July 5th. 

Police were called just before 1pm after a vehicle was spotted driving through the First Nation community in a dangerous and aggressive manner. 

The driver was observed by witnesses speeding, running stop signs, and having a complete disregard for the safety of  pedestrians and cyclists.

Police say he also displayed some type of knife to several people and threathened them.

Officer spotted him on Highway 21 and attempted to pull him over. 

The driver stopped his vehicle, got out and displayed his knife to police before engaging in a verbal exchange. 

He then got back into his car, did a U-turn and took off. 

Police eventually deployed a tire deflation device as the vehicle continued to head westbound on Highway 21.

In order to avoid the device, the driver entered the ditch, crossed two fence lines and travelled approximately 500 metres across a farmer's planted field, coming to a rest in a swampy wooded area.

Not stopping there, police say he fled on foot with his knife in hand. 

Officers say they were able to negotiate with him before he dropped his weapon and allowed himself to be arrested. 

Emric THOMPSON, 48 years-of-age, from Saugeen First Nation with the following offences:

  • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, 
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Flight from police
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose,


The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Walkerton on September 23, 2020.

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