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E-bike rider flees from police after blowing a stop sign

Officers seized brass knuckles and knives, which are prohibited weapons
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What are the chances an e-bike rider will outrun the cops?

A Sturgeon Falls man thought he could beat the odds.

An OPP officer was on patrol last Wednesday morning when an e-bike rider disobeyed the stop sign at the intersection of Levesque and Front Streets in Sturgeon Falls.  

The officer tried to stop the e-bike, but it fled. Shortly thereafter, another officer stopped it on Railway Street. 

Nipissing West OPP say the e-bike did not have a chain, making it impossible to use the pedals, therefore making it modified, and rendering it a motor vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act. 

Further investigation revealed the driver was disqualified as well as breaching his court-ordered release conditions. He was arrested. 

Officers seized brass knuckles and knives, which are prohibited weapons.

Joseph Commanda, 28, from Sturgeon Falls, is charged with:

  • Two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose 
  • Flight from a peace officer
  • Operation while prohibited under the criminal code
  • Failure to comply with a release order 

Commanda was held in custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice - Bail Court today in North Bay.


Jeff Turl

About the Author: Jeff Turl

Jeff is a veteran of the news biz. He's spent a lengthy career in TV, radio, print and online, covering both news and sports. He enjoys free time riding motorcycles and spoiling grandchildren.
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