ELMA — Several SD&G OPP cruisers have gathered along a corn field situated between Garlough Rd. and County Rd. 7, just west of Elma, as officers search for a motorist who tried to elude police before taking off on foot around 3:45 p.m.
An involved witness says a black Pontiac G5 sped eastbound down Garlough Rd. late this afternoon — with a cruiser in pursuit — after nearly running head-on into that same officer and two other vehicles on County Rd. 31.
Kit Wubs says the motorist turned northbound into a cornfield laneway and drove about halfway across to County Rd. 7 — still tailed by the cruiser (as well as Wubs in his Hyundai) — before getting stuck. The lone male driver then took off on foot across a soybean field, according to Wubs, who was first to arrive on scene at the laneway and waited
“I chased him about 50 feet into the field myself and lost site of him,” he says, adding the abandoned vehicle bore plate K CEZW 680.
Wubs says it started as he personally travelled northbound on 31, north of Williamsburg. The impatient Pontiac came up behind him and “sat on his bumper” before recklessly passing “a double solid, into oncoming traffic, on a hill,” he recounted. The obviously unimpressed officer at the wheel of the cruiser turned around to apprehend the Pontiac, while Wubs began following the errant vehicle on Garlough Rd. Estimating the fleeing party’s speed at 90 km/h, the Winchester resident says he watched from the side of Garlough Rd. as the Pontiac scrambled down the muddy laneway and got stuck. “I directed the officer in his direction, I then followed them … onto the farmer’s lane.”
He says the OPP canine unit was brought in to assist the search for the individual who disappeared into a wooded area.
Dangerous driver flees police, 22-year-old man charged
SOUTH DUNDAS — A local man has been arrested and charged in connection with this week’s incident in which a motorist fled police into a cornfield off Garlough Rd.
Andrew Richardson, 22, of South Dundas has been charged with flight while pursued by peace officers, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and mischief, according to the SD&G OPP.
The OPP K-9 unit eventually located the accused Oct. 1, “a short distance away” from the car he allegedly drove into the cornfield that afternoon.
The incident began to unfold at 3:30 p.m. when a vehicle “driving erratically” on County Rd. 31 refused to pull over for an SD&G OPP officer. The car turned onto the rural side road and entered the field where the driver then took off on foot, according to the detachment, which pointedly notes that “no injuries” were sustained by anyone in this situation.
Richardson has been released from custody. He is scheduled to appear Nov. 5 in Morrisburg court.