Oneida Police: Suspect driver tracked by police dog

One man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop went awry on the Oneida Nation of the Thames.

Shortly before 4 p.m., the OPP received a report of an erratic driver in a dark blue or black SUV on Sharon Drive in Middlesex Centre, matching a report sent to them earlier in the afternoon by London police.

Oneida Police saw the vehicle enter the Oneida Nation of the Thames community on Little­wood Drive, OPP Const. Max Gomez said.

He said the First Nation police conducted a traffic stop nearby and the driver of the SUV pulled over but fled the vehicle into a wooded area.

The OPP West Region’s dog search and emergency response teams happened to be in the area and responded.The dog team tracked a man in the wooded area before the OPP ­arrested the suspected driver, Gomez said.

A dark-coloured SUV at the scene on Littlechurch Drive had a blood spatter on an arm rest and an ­officer was seen carrying a bloodied lacrosse stick.

Another SUV on Littlechurch Drive had a shattered rear window. The driver of that vehicle, who refused to give his name, said his vehicle was hit from behind and he had followed the driver who struck him to the area.

The OPP couldn’t confirm if the two incidents were related, nor provide the identity of the man arrested, citing a continuing investigation.

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