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Man arrested following foot chase through farmers' fields

OPP officers called to area of Flos Road Four near County Road 27 around noon on Sunday

SPRINGWATER TWP. - On Sept. 8, 2019 at approximately 11:59 a.m., members of the Huronia West detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police arrested a male for theft of a motor vehicle after receiving a call from a resident about a suspicious person in their neighbourhood.

On Sept. 8, 2019 at approximately 11:59 a.m., a resident in the area of Flos Road Four east of County Road 27, between the east and west entrances of Marni Lane in Springwater Township called police in regards a suspicious vehicle observed in the area.

Upon arriving on scene, police observed a male in the vehicle and when approached by police he fled the area on foot.

A foot chase ensued where the male tried to flee from police through several farm fields.

At approximately 2:15 p.m., the male was located by the Emergency Response Team and canine unit. 

Investigation revealed that the male was wanted on several outstanding warrants and the vehicle was stolen. The male was subsequently arrested by officers.

Joel Nash, 36 years of age, of Orillia, was arrested and is charged with:

  • Adult theft of motor vehicle
  • Adult theft under $5000
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 x 2

The accused was held for a bail hearing.