On Sunday evening, police responded to a report of an “erratic driver” in the east end of Guelph who was driving at a high rate of speed but one of his wheels was on its rim with no rubber.

When he was found attempting to change the broken tire at Severn Dr. and Fleming Rd., he hopped back into his vehicle and fled. There was an initial pursuit before police called it off due to concerns over public safety.

Map of initial contact to K9 arrest.

Guelph Police officers later found the car at Barber Scout Camp, which is located east of the University of Guelph off of Stone Rd. East. The driver was fleeing into the forest and so multiple units and K9 were dispatched.

After what police said was a “lengthy track”, PSD Charger found the male out and he was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, flight from police, mischief over $5,000, theft and some Highway Traffic Act charges.

The 19-year-old was found to already be wanted for a dangerous driving incident that took place on May 30. The man was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Other police calls

Guelph Police also made two arrests before warrants were issued on Sunday. A 22-year-old man was arrested for two counts of assault and aggravated assault and will appear in court on July 19.

A 17-year-old Guelph was arrested on grounds for breach undertaking. He will appear in court on July 17.

Two traffic stops led to three day drivers licence suspensions after the two male drivers blew warnings on road side tests. One of the stops occurred on Cork St. and the other on Stone Rd. on Sunday.

Police also received two reports of theft from cars on Auden Rd. and Davis St. — a crime that police reiterated is “easily avoidable”.

Guelph Police received 204 calls for service on Sunday.