Wild chase leads to jail
A 24-year-old Cornwall man who led police on a high speed chase in Glengarry in May was sentenced August 9 to nine months in jail.
Joshua Tilley was charged with assaulting a police officer, flight while pursued by a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, marijuana possession, and failing to comply with conditions after he failed to stop for police on County Road 20, near Maxville, just before midnight on May 27.
Mr. Tilley, who was driving at speeds approaching 130 km/h when officers attempted to pull him over, fled, blowing through several intersections during the chase.
The pursuit concluded when he drove his Jeep over a police-deployed spike strip on Street Road near Williamstown, blowing out a front tire and causing Mr. Tilley to drive the vehicle into a corn field.
He attempted to escape on foot, but was tracked down and apprehended a short distance away with the assistance of an OPP canine unit.
Mr. Tilley was also charged with additional counts of dangerous driving, assaulting a police officer, and failing to stop for police stemming from two incidents involving Cornwall police – one while he was operating a snowmobile in the city’s east end last December – over the past eight months.
Jessica Tiessen, 23, of Cornwall, a passenger in Mr. Tilley’s vehicle during the May 27 incident, was charged with obstructing a peace officer.
However, that charge was later dropped.