Man in medical distress rescued by police in Brampton, after running car found empty

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Published January 18, 2023 at 6:16 pm

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A nearly two-hour police search in the cold, wee hours on Sunday helped find a man who was in medical distress after leaving his car running, with the doors open.

The Caledon detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) says a search began early Jan. 15. At 1:51 a.m., officers who were patrolling the Airport Rd. / Perdue Ct. area spotted an unoccupied vehicle was located in a parking lot. Seeing the engine running and the open doors prompted them to begin trying to reach the vehicle’s registered owner.

“No one had realized this person to be missing,” Caledon OPP stated on Wednesday.

The police added that the OPP’s Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and a canine unit began a search. Environment and Climate Change Canada information says it was about -10C at the time. Police in surrounding areas were also looped in.

Just under two hours later, Peel police offices located the driver of the car in Brampton. They were subsequently taken to hospital.

“Quick actions from officers avoided further injuries and possibly even death,” added Caledon OPP, who did not mention what caused the person to abandon their vehicle.

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