Stolen heavy equipment prompts police pursuit near Clifford, Ont.
Police work at the scene after a payloader, believed to be stolen, was driven recklessly near Clifford, Ont. on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Scott Miller / CTV London)
GREY COUNTY, ONT. -- South Bruce OPP have apprehended a suspect after a report of heavy equipment being stolen in Carrick Township on Friday.
Provincial police blocked off roads between Clifford and Mildmay, Ont. as they pursued a driver who was believed to have stolen a payloader.
The theft reportedly happened around 11:30 a.m. and the chase started around 1 p.m. when police tried unsuccessfully to pull the driver over. The pursuit then continued along Grey Road 10.
The payloader was reportedly being driven recklessly on the roadway, on private property and through farm fields north of Clifford, at which point police set up containment. Drivers were being asked to avoid the area.
Assistance was called in from OPP in Wellington and Bruce-Grey, with the West Grey Police Service also involved. An OPP helicopter was also brought in to track the vehicle.
The suspect, a 19-year-old Brockton resident, was apprehended by around 2 p.m. and no one was injured in the incident.
Damage has been reported to hydro police, a pickup truck, and farm fields and fences.
Anyone who experienced property damage or had a close call with the payloader is asked to contact the South Bruce OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.