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Stolen snowmobiles recovered after driver flees RIDE check and crashes pickup: OPP

A man faces a number of charges including theft and fleeing from police in Haliburton on Monday.
A man faces a number of charges including theft and fleeing from police in Haliburton on Monday. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

A Kitchener, Ont., man faces multiple charges after allegedly fleeing from an OPP RIDE program and crashing his vehicle in Minden Hills on Monday night.

Around 8:30 p.m., Haliburton Highlands OPP were conducting a RIDE program on Highway 35 when they approached a pickup with a snowmobile trailer.

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Police say they suspected a Highway Traffic Act offence and asked the driver to pull over.

However, police allege the vehicle fled and then collided with a guardrail and a tree a short distance away.

OPP say the driver then fled on foot but injured himself. He was arrested and taken to hospital.

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Police learned the snowmobile trailer and two snowmobiles inside it had been reported stolen. A third snowmobile in the back of the pickup had been reported stolen two days earlier from Drumbo, Ont.

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Daniel Litschgy, 34, has been charged with:

  • Flight from a peace officer
  • Driving a motor vehicle – no licence
  • Using licence plates not authorized for a vehicle
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Driving a vehicle with cannabis readily available
  • No red light on rear of trailer
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and under $5,000 (one count each).

He was held in custody for a scheduled bail hearing on Monday.