Wainfleet man arrested after foot pursuit

K9 unit tracks man for 2.5 kilometres

A 45 year old Wainfleet man was arrested Friday morning after a Niagara Regional Police K9 unit tracked him for 2.5 kilometres through farmers’ fields and into a wooded area in rural Port Colborne, Ont.
Police spokesman Const. Derek Watson said an officer on patrol at 3:19 a.m. spotted a plume of smoke large plume of smoke in the area of Ramey Rd. area and went to investigate.
The officer found a large fire along a north-south rail line, 600 metres north of 2nd Concession, and saw a fresh set of tire tracks in the snow running parallel to the tracks toward the blaze.
Police said as a marked cruiser approached the fire, a white pickup truck was seen taking off northbound along the rail line, which runs behind Wainfleet Box & Pallet Ltd. and Drop ‘N Lock Self Storage.
Watson said the officer was familiar with the area and headed to Hwy. 140 to intercept the truck. The truck also headed to the highway and drove southbound.
“The driver veered around the cruiser into oncoming lanes and accelerated southbound.  The driver lost control as he attempted to turn right onto Ramey Rd and became stuck in a field,” said police in a release.
A man was observed  exiting the passenger side of the vehicle and running into thick brush.
A K9 unit responded to the scene as other officers set up a perimeter around the scene. There were cruisers stationed at Barber Drive and Main Street by the Jacknife Bridge, one at Second Concession at Hwy. 140, and at least one on Third Concession west of Hwy. 140. One police SUV was driving up Hwy. 140, as well.
Police said after a short struggle with the officer and dog, the male suspect was handcuffed and arrested.

A 45 year old Wainfleet man was arrested Friday morning after a Niagara Regional Police K9 unit tracked him for 2.5 kilometres through farmers’ fields and into a wooded area in rural Port Colborne.

A 45 year old Wainfleet man was arrested Friday morning after a Niagara Regional Police K9 unit tracked him for 2.5 kilometres through farmers’ fields and into a wooded area in rural Port Colborne.

Further investigation by officers found the truck had been stolen from Algoma Ship Repairs off of Chestnut St.
The fire, which saw Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services respond to the scene as well, was a pile of stolen heavy gauge copper cable. Police said the cable was set ablaze to remove the insulation in order to be sold as scrap copper.
Firefighters allowed the fire to burn itself out.
Charged with possession of break-and-enter instruments, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and assault with intent to resist arrest is Bryan Clark.
Watson said police are trying to determine the identity of a second male suspect whom they believe was in the truck as well.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-735-7811 or Niagara Crime Stoppers.

A 45 year old Wainfleet man was arrested Friday morning after a Niagara Regional Police K9 unit tracked him for 2.5 kilometres through farmers’ fields and into a wooded area in rural Port Colborne.

A 45 year old Wainfleet man was arrested Friday morning after a Niagara Regional Police K9 unit tracked him for 2.5 kilometres through farmers’ fields and into a wooded area in rural Port Colborne.