ST. CATHARINES – A St. Catharines man is facing a slew of charges after police chased a pickup truck driver who fled a RIDE checkpoint, early Sunday.
The incident happened around 1:10 a.m. at a spot check set up along Ontario Street near the QEW overpass.
Niagara Regional Police say a male driver entered the RIDE checkpoint travelling northbound and initially stopped for the officers.
The man was unable to provide his drivers licence and so instead verbally identified himself.
As the officer walked to his cruiser to confirm the man’s identity, he fled the RIDE at a high rate of speed.
Members of the Special Enforcement Unit pursued the suspect and after a short pursuit the man “bailed” from the truck.
He was later captured by officers.
Investigation revealed that the pickup truck had been stolen from north St. Catharines three days earlier.
According to police, the driver was also wanted for possession of stolen property offences.
Nicholas Olsen, 31, of St. Catharines, was held for bail on his outstanding warrants and is further charged with obstructing police, flight from police, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of a narcotic and driving while disqualified.