Young offender charged after bicycle wheel thrown from overpass

A sign for Hwy. 402 to Sarnia. (Photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

A young offender has been charged by Sarnia police after an object was thrown from an overpass onto Highway 402 earlier this month.

The Youth Bureau Division started investigating an incident involving a young person throwing a bicycle wheel onto the highway from the Murphy Road overpass November 3.

Although the highway was active at the time, police said the tire rolled off the shoulder of the highway and there were no collisions or injuries.

As a result of their investigation, a young male was arrested and charged with mischief endangering life on November 18.

Sarnia police said they received two similar complaints in October.

The first occurred October 17th, 2021, shortly after 11 p.m., when a pipe was allegedly thrown from the Murphy Road overpass at a moving vehicle — striking the front windshield.

City police said the driver observed a young male laying a section of drainage pipe on the right eastbound lane which then forced the driver into the passing lane. After being struck by the pipe, the driver watched three young teenage boys walk away on the overpass.

A second incident was reported about two hours later, when a truck driver had to swerve to avoid hitting a shopping cart lying on the eastbound lanes — which was believed to have been thrown from the Murphy Road overpass.

Neither of the drivers were injured

Lambton OPP assisted Sarnia police with the investigations, however the individuals responsible have yet to be located.

Sarnia police have condemned the acts and said the consequences are severe for the accused and could have been fatal for the victims.

Anyone with further information on any of the incidents is asked to contact Detective Constable Nick Mclean at 519-344-8861 extension 6214 or Sarnia-Lambton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).