FERGUS – A Fergus man faces 16 charges in connection with a series of crimes and subsequent attempt to flee police that injured one OPP officer and damaged three police vehicles.
The bizarre day concluded with the man’s arrest as well as the seizure of a large quantity of methamphetamines and cash.
On Jan. 6 at about 9:05am Wellington County OPP officers responded a collision involving a black SUV, which failed to remain at the scene, and a transport truck at the intersection of Wellington Roads 18 and 29, just outside Fergus.
About 30 minutes later the SUV was involved in a gas theft on Tower Street in Fergus.
After viewing video footage at the gas station, police were able to identity of the driver and confirm the vehicle was taken without the owner’s consent.
Police say the suspect, bound by bail conditions with another police service, was tracked via an ankle monitoring system to a house on Peglar Crescent in north Fergus, off of Gordon Street.
“Police attempted to block the vehicle in with their police cruisers, however, the driver accelerated forward and collided with the cruisers in an attempt to flee,” police stated in a press release.
“Officers were able to stop the motor vehicle and the suspect was taken into custody. Police searched the vehicle incident to arrest and seized a large quantity of methamphetamine and cash.”
Thomas Robert Wayne Stephens, 29, of Fergus, was charged with:
- taking a vehicle without consent;
- theft under $5,000;
- possession of property obtained by crime;
- dangerous driving;
- failure to stop after an accident;
- possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking;
- two counts of being a G1 licence holder and not accompanied by a qualified driver;
- three counts of failing to comply with a probation order; and
- five counts of failing to comply with a recognizance.
He was held for a bail hearing.
One OPP officer was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and later released and three police vehicles were damaged in this incident.