(WHITEDOG, ON) – A man is being charged following allegations that he struck a man with a minivan while he was impaired by a drug. The man is said to have then attempted to flee the scene and a police pursuit happened.

He was arrested by the Treaty Three Police Service.

Appearing in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning was a 38-year-old Matthew James Muckle. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchekeesic was presiding. Crown Attorney VanKessel was also present along with duty counsel lawyer Andrew Desmoulin.

Muckle is facing the following criminal code charges after the November 24th incident:

  • Resist police by pulling away
  • Operate a motor vehicle while impaired by a drug
  • Controlling a motor vehicle while attempting to avoid civil or criminal consequences by fleeing
  • Operating a motor vehicle in a manner dangerous to the public
  • Failure to stop for police in order to evade
  • Breaching bail conditions by having contact with 1 person

Muckle was also arrested on the strength of a warrant and charged with the following criminal offences:

  • Failure to attend court on November 15th, 2018
  • Assault on September 6th, 2018

The Crown states that Muckle is in a “reverse-onus” situation, which means he will have to show the courts why he should be released. Further, the Crown states that they are intending to show cause as to why Muckle should be detained and cites concerns on the secondary grounds.

Secondary ground concerns tell us that the Crown believes that the accused may believe one or more of the following: Muckle may…

  • Become a public safety concern
  • Re-offend
  • Interfere with the administration of justice

Duty counsel requests a remand for the matter to Monday, November 26th, 2018 in a Kenora bail court.

Crown Attorney VanKessel requests a no-contact order be placed on Muckle, prohibiting him from contacting or communicating with two named individuals.

Justice of the Peace Kitchekeesic grants both requests from the Crown and duty counsel, and orders Muckle to remain in custody until at least his Monday appearance in Kenora, where he will most likely attempt to be released from jail.

Muckle will be transported to the Kenora District Jail, where he will wait for his scheduled court appearance.