At 11:00 p.m. on November 18, 2020, a member of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP stopped a vehicle on Highway 93 in the Town of Midland. The driver pulled into a nearby parking lot and spoke with police who requested his identification however he was unable to provide any. After a brief investigation, Police determined that the verbal identification given was misleading therefore the officer arrested the male, who was standing outside of his car. The male struggled and broke free from the officer then fled on foot, police pursued and caught him a short distance away.
The male was transported to the OPP Southern Georgian Bay Detachment and his proper identity was determined. A search of male located an amount of cocaine, as well, it was discovered that the male was bound by several court orders prohibiting him from driving a vehicle or possessing a bank card.
As a result of this incident Matthew Robitaille, 27 years of Tay Township was charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code.
- Possession of Cocaine
- Escape Lawful Custody
- Obstruct Peace Officer
- Operation of a Motor Vehicle while Prohibited
- Fail to Comply with Release Order x2
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order
The accused was held in police custody to appear at a video bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice on November 19, 2020.