A 32 year-old male, of no fixed address, is facing charges in connection with a stolen auto incident earlier this week. A spike belt was successfully deployed in the arrest of the accused. One of the charges includes Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
This incident began at approximately 3:45 a.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018, when police observed a vehicle, queried the license plate and determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen. As a police unit was turning, the suspect vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. It was observed travelling through intersections at a high speed, eventually entering a fenced compound in the area of 6th Avenue and St. John Street. Police were able to set up a tire deflation device, commonly called a spike belt, at the entrance/exit of the compound. The vehicle exited the compound, running over the spike belt and continued westbound on 6th Avenue as the tires were deflating. Due to the low volume of traffic at that hour, police were able to keep the vehicle in sight from a distance. It was located a few minutes later, stopped in the 1100 block of Albert Street. The driver, who had exited the vehicle, was arrested without further incident. No one was injured in this event. Further investigation revealed the suspect was a prohibited driver. The male suspect was subsequently charged.
Thirty-two year-old Donovon Michael NIEMAN, of no fixed address, is charged with:
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, under $5,000 [355(b) CC];
– Driving While Disqualified [259(4) CC]; and
– Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle [249(1)(a) CC].
NIEMAN made his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018.