Motorist flees at high speed from Ottawa to Brockville via Dundas County

An SD&G OPP cruiser. Smith photo, Nation Valley News file

EASTERN ONTARIO — A motorist who outran police at high speed through a good chunk of Eastern Ontario — initially fleeing out of Ottawa and deep into Dundas County —  was finally intercepted outside Brockville after doggedly continuing on his journey even after crashing into a transport trailer on Highway 401.

Local officers observed the 2001 BMW travelling “more than double” the posted 80 km/h speed limit while southbound Sept. 28 on County Rd. 31. Ottawa police apprised the SD&G OPP of the “erratic” driver who had escaped them shortly after noon.  However, the local detachment says they stopped following the fleeing driver “due to the risk of public safety.”

The black, four-door M-series sedan then turned up in the village of Iroquois, where the driver again failed to comply with an officer’s request to stop, before heading westward on Highway 401, still at “excessive speeds,” according to police.

It was on the divided freeway that the wayward motorist collided with the tractor trailer but continued onward. Police report several unsuccessful attempts to stop the car with tire deflation devices.

Eventually, the 26-year-old driver, Ammar Bekri of Brampton, complied with the request to stop, ending the protracted pursuit on the 401 in Augusta Township.

Bekri was arrested and charged with:

• Flight from peace officer

• Dangerous operation

• Fail to comply with sentence

• Possession of property obtained by crime – under $5000

• Failure to stop after accident

• Fail to comply with conditions of a probation order – three counts

• Possession of an identity document

• Race a Motor Vehicle – Stunt – Highway Traffic Act

• Drive motor Vehicle without insurance – Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act

• Drive vehicle with cannabis readily available – Controlled Cannabis Act

Bekri was held in custody to appear for a bail hearing.

This article was updated to include the make and model of the involved vehicle.

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