A number of charges have been laid against a Winnipeg resident following a failed traffic stop.  

On July 22, at approximately 1:24 am, members of the Kenora detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were advised of a possible impaired driver.  

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, however, the vehicle failed to stop. The driver was pursued for a short time before officers were forced to disengage when the situation became too dangerous for other road users. 

A short time later, officers located the vehicle. Gene TURCOTTE, 46 of Winnipeg was arrested and charged with: 

  • Operation While prohibited, contrary to sec. 320.18(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (CC); 

  • Flight from peace officer contrary to sec. 320.17 of the CC 

  • Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs, contrary to sec. 320.14(1)(a) of the CC 

  • Failure or refusal to comply with demand, contrary to sec. 320.15(1) of the CC 

  • Resist police officer, contrary to sec. 129(a) of the CC 

  • Dangerous operation, contrary to sec. 320.13(1) of the CC 

  • Driving while under suspension, contrary to sec. 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act 

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kenora at a later date. 

Anyone with information Members of the public who have information regarding this investigation are urged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at ontariocrimestoppers.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.