PW man faces 11 charges after cruiser damaged

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A Plympton-Wyoming man is facing 11 additional charges after a Lambton OPP was “intentionally damaged” in St. Clair Township.

Lambton OPP posted to social media they were looking for Cody Price, the man they believed was involved in the crash of the cruiser Dec. 30 in rural St. Clair Township. At the time, police said Price is allegedly a repeat offender who “steals pickup trucks daily.”

He surrendered to police Jan. 8. Price is facing charges of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, flight from police, dangerous operation of a vehicle, break and enter, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime and failing to comply with a release order.

Price is also facing 31 charges from an incident in March 2022 where the Special Investigations Unit was called in .

On March 1 around 8:10 am, the OPP found a stolen vehicle and trailer on Courtright Line in St. Clair Township. Someone was seen near the pickup and tried to flee when officers arrived. The man was taken into custody after resisting arrest.

Four officers who were involved in the arrest were investigated after a man’s nose was broken. The SIU ruled they used reasonable force considering the suspect was trying to flee in a stolen pickup.

The arrest was part of an OPP investigation which linked multiple thefts and break-and-enters throughout Lambton.

The value of property that has been recovered and returned to the owners is more than $500,000. 

Price was charged in July with 13 counts of possession of stolen property obtained by crime, six counts of break and enter, three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, four counts of theft over $5,000, flight from a peace officer, resisting arrest and failing to comply with a bail order at that time.

Price is police custody now and is expected to appear for a bail hearing Jan. 16.