Two arrested after Long Sault search for police chase suspect

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

Update 1:55 p.m. Tuesday: Story updated with details of pursuit and charges.

LONG SAULT – Two people have been arrested in connection to last night’s police chase and intense manhunt in Long Sault for a driver fleeing Quebec authorities.

SD&G O.P.P. say one of their officers tried to stop a vehicle near Power Dam Drive around 6 p.m., that had previously been involved in an “interaction” with Quebec Provincial Police, where the driver had taken off.

The vehicle didn’t stop for the O.P.P. but struck a cruiser while trying to make an escape. It then entered the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 – going west – all the way to Moulinette Road in Long Sault where it got off the highway and was abandoned in the Long Sault area.

Police armed with rifles told residents around French Avenue and Mille Roches Road to stay indoors while they combed the area.

About three hours later, around 10 p.m. Monday, the O.P.P. announced on Twitter they had two people in custody.

Police arrested the driver and passenger of the vehicle, as well as recovered stolen property and drugs (meth).

Matthew Steele, 22, of Guelph, Ont. is charged with flight from police, dangerous driving, two counts of failing to comply with a probation order, driving while prohibited, possession of stolen property, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, mischief and drug possession.

Stelle’s passenger – 26-year-old Adlyn Miller of Burlington – is charged with failing to comply with conditions of a court order, possession of stolen property and drug possession.

Steele was held for a court appearance in Cornwall. Miller was released with a Sept. 26 court date.