Just before 9 on Monday morning, a car chase ended and foot chase began in the area of the bridge on Dorchester Road, north of Hamilton Road. Warren Brothers, 52, and Brandon Dyck, 24, of London, were arrested in connection with a break and enter in Malahide Township, possession of stolen property and driving a stolen vehicle.
Middlesex County OPP arrived and found out from residents that two men had fled the scene of a collision, both taking off on foot – one heading west and the other east.
Trevor Thiessen, who lives in the area, saw a man heading east. He chased him and said he heard dogs barking in houses as the man fled. The man first passed through Angela Wonnacott’s yard. She just moved to the neighbourhood in July and said, “It’s a little unnerving.”
Stephanie Meyer, who lives on the west side of the road, just south of the bridge said, “I heard a bang.” When she went outside to find out what had happened, she discovered that a woman’s car had been rear-ended and that an SUV hit a pole on the east side of the road. One man ran through her property downhill, towards the river. Meyer asked the OPP if they wanted her to call 911, which they did. She asked them if they saw the man Thiessen chased. They hadn’t realized two suspects were involved. Meyer spoke with the woman whose car was hit. She had turned left onto Dorchester Road and the suspects ran a red light, rear ended her vehicle, then hit the pole.
The OPP’s canine unit was called in to assist with tracking the fleeing suspects, according to OPP Constable, Adam Crewdson. Emergency Response team officers from the OPP also responded to help track of the suspects. The man, who headed east on foot, eventually went into the Thames River, heading north towards Catherine Street. No injuries were sustained during the incident and the suspects were not carrying weapons.
The incident began at about 8:40 a.m., when the Elgin County OPP responded to a break and enter in progress on Yorke Line in Malahide Township. The two suspects entered a residence and stole an undetermined amount of property (which was later returned), then fled in a red Ford Escape SUV. Middlesex County located the vehicle shortly after on Dorchester Road.
Brothers is charged with: possession of stolen property valued at less than $5,000, and break and enter. Dyck is charged with: fleeing while being pursued by a peace officer, dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving while disqualified, failing to stop at scene of an accident, possession of stolen property valued at less than $5,000, and break and enter.
The accused appeared in a London court yesterday (Tuesday).