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Ontario man arrested after flight from police in North Sydney

RCMP arrested and charged a man that fled from a traffic checkpoint in North Sydney.

Police say at 8:15 p.m. on December 2nd, the driver of a Dodge Caravan that entered the checkpoint showed signs of impairment.

The man provided a roadside breath sample which resulted in a "warn".

Officers were issuing the driver, a 67-year-old Ontario man, a seven day suspension, along with multiple summary offence tickets, when the man used a spare key to start the engine and flee at a high rate of speed.

RCMP did not pursue the vehicle.

Later that evening, with assistance from Cape Breton Regional Police, officers located the vehicle on a dead end street in North Sydney.

Spike belts were successfully deployed to immobilize the vehicle.

The man, who appeared agitated, exited the vehicle, did not comply with the officer's commands and returned inside the vehicle.

Police say they approached and a conducted energy weapon was deployed but was not successful.

Multiple officers quickly removed the man, who was resisting arrest, from the driver's seat and arrested him.

John G. Jones, 67, has been charged with:

  • Resisting Arrest (two counts);

  • Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance (two counts);

  • Flight from Peace Officer

Jones was also issued a 7-day Order of Suspension and the Summary Offence Tickets for the following offences:

  • Driving Motor Vehicle Without Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance;

  • Driving a Motor Vehicle While License Suspended;

  • Displaying a Number Plate Issued for Another Vehicle;

  • Operating a Motor Vehicle While Not Wearing an Available Seat Belt;

  • Illegally Possessing Liquor.

Jones was remanded into custody and will appear in Sydney Provincial court on December 21, at 9:30 a.m.

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