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London man charged following close call at RIDE check: OPP

Perth County OPP say an officer had to take evasive action to avoid being struck by a vehicle at a RIDE check on Sunday. OPP / Twitter

A London man is facing charges after Perth County OPP say an officer was nearly struck at a RIDE check in Cromarty.

Police say the incident took place on Sunday while officers were conducting a RIDE program on Perth Road 180 near Cromarty, a hamlet that sits about a half-hour west of Stratford.

At around 1:30 p.m., police say a vehicle approached the checkpoint at a high rate of speed and failed to slow down, despite an officer reportedly wearing a highly reflective coat and having emergency lights activated on their fully marked cruiser.

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Police say an officer at the checkpoint had to take evasive action in order to avoid being struck by the vehicle.

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The vehicle was later stopped by OPP, and a 54-year-old Londoner was arrested.

The London man faces one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and one count of stunt driving after allegedly driving too close to a pedestrian.

The 54-year-old also had his driver’s licence seized and received a seven-day driver’s licence suspension. Police say the vehicle involved was impounded as well.

The accused is set to appear in a Stratford court on Jan. 20, 2020.

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