HUNTSVILLE A Bracebridge man faces serious charges after fleeing a police RIDE check and crashing the vehicle and landing a female passenger in serious condition in hospital.

Provincial police say that shortly before 2 a.m. this morning, August 23, 2019, officers from the Huntsville Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had set up a RIDE program on Main Street in the Town of Huntsville, when a vehicle drove through and failed to stop for officers.

They say the suspect vehicle was located abandoned after being involved in a collision with a parked car.

The occupants fled the scene but were located a short distance away by police and transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver, Tyler Shakespeare, 32-years-old, and resident of Bracebridge was arrested and charged with:

  • Dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm
  • Refuse to provide a blood sample
  • Fail to stop at a collision scene
  • Flight from police
  • Trafficking in a schedule I controlled substance – Opioid
  • Numerous additional Highway Traffic Act offences and regulations

The 24-year-old female passenger and resident of Huntsville remains in hospital suffering serious injury.

The OPP has notified the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and they have invoked their mandate. As a result, the OPP will not be able to provide any further information. Any inquiries should be directed to SIU Communications at 1-800-787-8529.

A crash this morning left a Huntsville woman in hospital and the Bracebridge driver charged after fleeing a RIDE check in Huntsville.