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Driver strikes guard-rail, crashes into ditch and flees scene on foot

Police quickly responded to Highway 11 scene and tracked down suspect; James Bilous of Oro-Medonte is facing impaired and other charges
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ORO-MEDONTE - The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged a person with impaired driving offences.

On Feb. 13, 2020 at approximately 11:45 p.m. the Orillia OPP received a call regarding a vehicle that struck the guard rail on Highway 11 and then entered the ditch. The driver then fled the scene.

Officers responded quickly and Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Central Region Canine (K9) were dispatched to the scene, however, the suspect was placed into custody before their arrival.

The Orillia OPP arrested and charged 27-year-old James Bilous, of Oro-Medonte with dangerous operation, impaired operation and operation over 80 mg contrary to the Criminal Code.

The accused has been released on an appearance notice and is set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia on March 10, 2020.

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