On Sunday, January 7, 2024, at 9:16 a.m., the Barrie Police Service was advised of an incident that occurred in the northbound lanes of Highway 400, south of Bayfield Street involving a small blue passenger car and a pickup truck. The car made an abrupt maneuver which caused the driver of the pickup to brake quickly in order to avoid a collision. As both of the involved motor vehicles exited the highway at Bayfield Street, a second incident occurred on the offramp, where the driver of the small blue car reversed and almost struck the driver of the pickup.
The road rage incident continued as both vehicles entered into a parking lot located on the southwest corner of Bayfield and Grove Streets. The driver of the pickup was forcibly removed from his truck and assaulted, and an attempt was made to steal the truck. The unsuccessful attempt was thwarted, and the blue passenger car sped away westbound on Grove Street, only to be observed and stopped by police on Toronto Street.
As police were dealing with the driver (a 26-year-old male from Barrie) and the passenger (a 21-year-old male from Toronto), both ran from the vehicle and a short foot chase ensued. Both males were taken into custody and significant quantities of suspected fentanyl and cocaine were seized. While arresting the passenger, a fully loaded firearm was also located.
Both of the males were transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where the investigation continued.
The driver and passenger have been jointly charged with Mischief, Uttering Threats, Assault, Attempt Robbery, Possession of Schedule I Substance – Cocaine, Possession of Schedule I Substance – Fentanyl, Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl, and Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine. The driver is also facing charges of Dangerous Operation and Resist Peace Officer while the passenger is facing a slew of firearms and weapons related charges.
Both men were both held for a bail hearing that occurred late yesterday and have since been remanded into custody.
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