19-year-old from Georgetown facing charges after ‘strange’ incident on Highway 401

Published May 11, 2022 at 3:48 pm

A 19-year-old from Georgetown is facing several charges after an incident on Highway 401.

The incident, which was described as “strange” in a tweet by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Highway Safety Division, occurred on the morning of May 9.

According to Twitter, police responded to the incident on Highway 401 on the eastbound express lanes just past Markham Rd. which involved a collision, attempted carjacking and assault.

Police say there had been a single-vehicle collision that caused airbags to deploy along with significant damage to the vehicle.

According to police, following the collision, the male exited the vehicle and was seen running around the highway.

Police say some “good Samaritans” stopped in an attempt to provide assistance at which point the person involved in the original collision attempted to carjack some of their vehicles.

The carjacking was unsuccessful, according to police, and the person subsequently fled across the highway and across the collector lanes into residential or business areas just off of the highway.

Police then located the person, a 19-year-old from Georgetown, who is now facing several charges including assault and mischief, dangerous or careless driving and more.

Police are advising the public to always think about their own personal safety and to stay in their vehicles and call 911 if they see something suspicious.

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