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Three suspects rack up 49 charges in police chase in Huron and Perth

Three suspects allegedly involved in a police pursuit in Huron and Perth counties face a total of 49 charges between them.

It all started around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday when Perth County OPP were called about three suspicious people possibly in a stolen pickup truck in Mitchell.

When police arrived the suspicious people were gone but were later spotted by Huron OPP in the midst of trying to steal a motorcycle in Vanastra.    Police interrupted the trio who took off in the pickup truck. They hit one of the police vehicles in their hurry and sped off.

Early Friday morning, an officer on patrol in Walton spotted the same individuals driving around in a different pickup truck.    The officer tried to stop the truck but it fled the scene so the officer gave chase. During the pursuit, police said the people in the vehicle threw items at the cruiser.

Other police officers then converged and used a spike belt to stop the vehicle and eventually blocked it in.    The pickup rammed two more cruisers but didn’t get away.

A 32-year-old from Huron East is charged with 24 counts including two counts each of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and under $5,000, three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, along with various drug, weapons, assault, and driving offences.

A 20-year-old from Huron East faces 13 charges and a 17-year-old from West Perth faces 12 charges.

All three remain in custody, waiting for court appearances.