Accused booze shoplifter caught after crashing vehicle in Iroquois

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SOUTH MOUNTAIN — An Ottawa man has been charged for shoplifting alcohol from gas-station liquor outlets in Spencerville and South Mountain after police apprehended him in Iroquois.

Police say the suspect was arrested Monday afternoon (Oct. 2) when the stolen vehicle he was driving crashed into a ditch on the eastbound Highway 401 on-ramp.

The wayward driver failed to negotiate the turn just as as an unmarked SD&G OPP cruiser turned around to follow in response to the South Mountain shoplifting incident that was called in shortly after 2:30 p.m., according to Const. Tylor Copeland.

Officers had been on the lookout for a dark-coloured vehicle after the alleged booze thief drove away from the Pioneer Gas Station, Copeland explained.

Officers caught the suspect after he attempted to flee the ditched vehicle on foot.

He’s also been implicated in similar thefts of alcohol from Drummond’s Gas in Spencerville.

Police say that James Rush, 32, of Ottawa is charged with:  

  •  Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
  •  Possession of property obtained by Crime – over $5000;
  •  Possession of property obtained by Crime – under $5000 ( two counts);
  •  Fail to comply with probation order;
  •  Drive while disqualified (three counts);
  •  Theft Under $5000 – Shoplifting;
  •  Theft Under $5000 (three counts) – Spencerville incident;
  •  Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The accused was held in custody pending an Oct 3. bail hearing in Cornwall court.


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