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Man fled accident, stole a canoe and paddled into an arrest, say police

Huntsville man facing several charges after incident in Bracebridge
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BRACEBRIDGE - Members of the Bracebridge Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were called to assist at a collision on the southbound lanes of Highway 11 south of Cedar Lane, shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday morning.

A pickup truck towing three snowmobiles crashed into the ditch. The male driver fled the area on foot. Members of the Bracebridge OPP Detachment were assisted by OPP Canine Unit and Central Region Emergency Response Team in searching the area.

After fleeing on foot, he stole a canoe and paddled into Bracebridge where he was located by police and taken into custody.

Charged with possession of stolen property, breach of probation, theft and break and enter is James Rye, 52-years-old, of Huntsville, Ontario. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge today.

Police are requesting the public's assistance for information regarding this incident. If you have witnessed the collision and subsequent search in the Wilsons Falls/Cedar Lane area of Bracebridge, you are asked to contact the Provincial Constable Bateman-McKinnon at the Bracebridge OPP Detachment at 705-645-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online.