Highway 401 speeder arrested with machete and bear spray after threatening business

The SD&G OPP sign at detachment headquarters in Long Sault. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SOUTH STORMONT — A Quebec man faces a slew of charges after allegedly making threats against a local business and then flying down Highway 401 at 171 km/h with a machete, pellet handgun and bear spray.

The SD&G OPP intercepted the motorist March 7 after receiving a traffic complaint at 8:40 a.m. that morning in South Stormont Township. The detachment also learned the driver “made threats against a business in Ontario” before officers located him travelling at the clocked “high rate of speed.”

Once arrested, the man was found to be in breach of previous release conditions. In addition to the machete, pellet handgun and bear spray, he also possessed cannabis for purposes of trafficking and lacked a driver’s licence, according to the SD&G OPP. He’s also accused of Highway Traffic Act (HTA) offences, including stunt driving and littering.

Police say that Benoit Therrien, 29, of Saint-Valentin, Que., is charged with:

  • unauthorized possession of a weapon;
  • fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance (3 counts);
  • uttering threats (2 counts);
  • possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose;
  • possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling (Cannabis Act);
  • stunt driving (Highway Traffic Act);
  • drive a motor vehicle – no licence (HTA);
  • litter highway (HTA);
  • drive vehicle – cannabis readily available (CA);
  • possession of over 30grams dried cannabis in a public place (CA)

Therrien was held in custody to appear March 8 for a bail hearing in Cornwall court.  

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