(WEST NIPISSING, ON) – On July 13, 2019, at approximately 3:45 p.m., while investigating an incident on John Street in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, members from the West Nipissing Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested Taylor BLAIS, age 30, from Sturgeon Falls, Ontario as a result of an outstanding Warrant for Fail to Attend Court, contrary to section 145(2)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC). The accused was subsequently released on a Promise to Appear with a court date of September 5, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay, Ontario.

Later in the evening, at approximately 7:40 p.m., the accused attended the West Nipissing OPP Detachment parking lot on John Street in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario and stole the personally owned vehicle of a West Nipissing OPP officer. The suspect left heading westbound on Highway 17.

Shortly thereafter, officers from Warren and Sudbury OPP Detachments located and stopped the stolen car on Highway 17, City of Greater Sudbury. The vehicle did not sustain any damage.

As a result of the investigation, Taylor BLAIS, age 30, from Sturgeon Falls, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

  • Theft Over $5000 of a Motor Vehicle, contrary to section 334(a) of the (CC)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the (CC)
  • Driver Motor Vehicle – No Licence, contrary to section 32(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing on July 14, 2019 and remains in custody.