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2 charged after chase with stolen truck on QEW near Hamilton: OPP

Two men were arrested on Monday morning after OPP say officers stopped a stolen truck with a spike belt on the OEW in Hamilton on May 4, 2020. OPP_HSD

Two men are facing multiple charges after Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say officers had to use a spike belt to stop a stolen truck on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) early Monday morning.

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt called it a “bizarre situation” that started on highways 403 and 407 when OPP began following a large tractor trailer after it was reported stolen.

Schmidt said the truck was chased by cruisers for quite a distance on the QEW through Burlington and Hamilton before it turned around and started travelling towards Niagara Falls.

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“It ended up turning around again near Casablanca Boulevard,” Schmidt said in a Twitter post. “And then, after this time, the OPP from the Burlington-Niagara area were able to set up a spike belt, and the tires of this transport truck tractor deflated.”

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OPP reportedly took the men into custody near Fruitland Road and the QEW. The roadway had to be shut down in both directions for a short period of time during the arrest, according to OPP.

There were no collisions in the pursuit.

A 49-year-old man from Mississauga is facing nine charges including theft of a vehicle, dangerous driving, flight from police, possession of stolen property, and drug possession.

A 21-year-old passenger from Brampton is facing one charge of possession of stolen property.

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