Sioux Lookout OPP vehicle pursuit led to airport tarmac
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) ended a vehicle pursuit on the Sioux Lookout Airport tarmac after officers were called to a report of an impaired driver on Highway 642, approximately 10 kilometres east of Sioux Lookout, on June 16.
Officers received the call at approximately 12:17 p.m. when the driver of the vehicle was reported driving erratically at a high rate of speed and throwing garbage out of the window.
Sioux Lookout OPP said the driver did not stop for police, despite the police catching up with the suspect vehicle with the lights and sirens activated.
The driver, who was confirmed not to be impaired, continued driving at a high rate of speed through downtown Sioux Lookout as officers continued their efforts to stop the vehicle, which was allegedly stolen. Efforts to stop the vehicle included using a spike belt.
A news release from the OPP shared, “The driver drove through the access gate to the Airport, and approached the tarmac. The driver then drove up a taxiway and exited the vehicle while it was still moving and caused the vehicle to crash in an open field between the runway and the airport. She was then taken into custody by officers on the taxiway of the Sioux Lookout Airport and transported to the Sioux Lookout detachment.”
Tiffany Huebert, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been charged with Dangerous Operation Causing Bodily Harm, seven counts of Dangerous Operation, four counts of Mischief Under $5,000, Failure to Stop after an Accident, Flight from Peace Officer, Theft of Motor Vehicle, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, Hijacking Deviate From Flight Plan, Damaging or Interfering With Navigation, and Enter on land on which a line work is situated.
The 34-year-old was remanded and was scheduled to be in Sioux Lookout on June 24 for a video bail hearing.
The OPP is urging members of the public to report dangerous driving by calling 9-1-1 in emergency situations. Complaints of impaired, aggressive or careless driving can also be made by calling 1-888-310-1122 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.