Man flees OPP parking lot after cop asks about pot smell

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A South Bruce Peninsula man faces a number of charges after he fled from police who approached him in the parking lot of their Wiarton detachment.

Just before 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a Grey Bruce OPP officer approached the driver of a grey SUV that was parked in the public area of their parking lot at the detachment. The officer smelled cannabis coming from the vehicle and approached the driver and spoke with him about it. The driver became very agitated, refused to identify himself and sped out of the parking lot, police said in a news release.

An officer located the vehicle as it travelled south on Highway 6 and the cruiser’s emergency lights were activated, but the driver failed to stop and continued driving at a high rate of speed, the release said.

Police located the vehicle a short time later parked on Lakeshore Boulevard in Sauble Beach and the driver was arrested without further incident. A search of the vehicle located a small quantity of cannabis, the release said.

The 30-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving, fleeing from police, driving with cannabis readily available, failing to surrender a licence, driving without a licence, stunt driving, failing to surrender a vehicle permit and failing to surrender an insurance card.

The driver received a seven-day drivers licence suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. The accused was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in court in Owen Sound on Sept. 24.