Ontario Provincial Police arrest man after high-risk dismantling at Wasaga Beach

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PRESS RELEASE
HURONIA WEST OPP
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Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Huronia West Detachment arrested and charged a man who was in possession of a loaded firearm.

On Sunday, April 24, 2022, at approximately 8 a.m., members of the Huronia West OPP responded to a call for service involving a man outside with a gun in the town of Wasaga Beach.

Shortly after, the man was found by the police in a vehicle where he then fled. Subsequently, a pursuit was initiated where the vehicle was followed into a local parking lot. Further attempts to flee from police resulted in the suspect vehicle being disabled in a ditch.

Multiple officers flooded the area and a high-risk teardown was performed on the vehicle. After the suspect refused to obey orders, he was successfully subdued using a conducted energy weapon (CEW) and taken into custody without further incident. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded firearm.

As a result, James Hodgkinson, 23, of Wiarton, has been criminally charged with the following:

  • Impaired driving – alcohol and drugs
  • Impaired driving – BAC 80 plus
  • Dangerous operation
  • Leak of a peace officer
  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Carry a concealed weapon
  • Firearm – Use in Committing an Offense
  • Criminal harassment
  • Failure to comply with recognizance

The accused was held for a bail hearing and remanded in custody.

This incident can be a reminder to the public of what local police and beyond are responding to without hesitation to ensure that public safety is maintained at the highest possible level.

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