The following press release was posted on the Ontario Provincial Police website on Friday.
Oct. 17, 2008, Poitras Township – An officer from the Highway Safety Division, North Bay, seized a fire truck yesterday afternoon on Highway 63 as a result of the Street Racing Legislation.
On October 16th, 2008, at approximately 6:30 pm, the
officer was travelling on Highway 63 when he observed a vehicle overtake another
vehicle near the crest of a hill. The vehicle was travelling in excess of 70
km/h of the posted speed limit. The driver, a fireman, was operating a Fire
Department Emergency/Rescue Response vehicle, GMC Yukon. He was not responding
to an emergency call at the time. As a result of his actions, John P. DANDY, 31
years old of Kipawa, Quebec, was charged under the Street Racing Legislation,
s.172 and with Drive left of center – approaching crest of grade, s. 149 of the
Highway Traffic Act. His driver’s licence was seized and suspended for 7 days as
well as the Fire Department Emergency/Rescue Response vehicle was towed and also
seized for 7 days.