Two OPP cruisers damaged as pair flee Southgate garage in stolen vehicle

Stolen van disabled by OPP spike belt in Southgate Township December 19, 2019. (OPP photo)

Two men from Windsor face a long list of Criminal Code and Highway Traffic Act charges following their arrest in Southgate Township Thursday.

An OPP news release Friday explained that the case involved a number of stolen vehicles, and OPP officers from Huron, Wellington and Grey Bruce.

It started with a report of a stolen truck in the Goderich area early Thursday morning.   The same suspects were believed to be responsible for the theft of a van that was spotted in Southgate Township. That’s where the OPP deployed a spike belt and disabled the van.

The driver and passenger fled on foot and a third vehicle was stolen from a garage at Southgate Sideroad 15.     The suspects drove that vehicle through the garage door to leave the building.     The stolen vehicle damaged two OPP cruisers in the process.

The pair then ran from the stolen vehicle and were arrested a short time later by officers and a Canine Unit.

Two Windsor men, aged 39 and 24,  face charged that include Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000, Flight from a Peace Officer, Dangerous Operation, and Driving while Under Suspension.

The 39-year-old male is also charged with Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon, Break and Enter, and Mischief.