Theft, High Speed Pursuit, And Charges

Making an appearance in bail court on Friday, March 23rd, 2018 was 20-year-old Coleten Avery Gowan. Justice of the Peace is Denette Maslach, Crown Attorney Gordon Fillmore, and Duty Counsel Karen Sharp.


It is alleged that Gowan was in Marathon on March 22nd, and stole a pack of smokes from Mac’s convenience store.

Later on that day, Gowan was spotted in the Township of Dorion by OPP. OPP flicked on the sirens and lights in an attempt to stop the suspect, in which it is alleged Gowan attempted to evade police and a high-speed pursuit began. In the name of public safety, the chase was called off due to the high rate of speed Gowan was allegedly travelling at.

Furthermore, Later on in the Township of Shuniah, Gowan had got into an accident and failed to stop at the scene. Police quickly arrested Gowan after a quick pursuit.

Gowan was charged with

  • Theft
  • Fail to stop for police
  • Operate a motor vehicle at a high rate of speed
  • Fail to stop at the scene of an accident
  • Willfully obstruct police
  • Failure to comply with conditions (Do not operate or have care of control of a motor vehicle)
  • Failure to comply with conditions (Be at home 24 hours a day)

Crown Attorney Gordon Fillmore expresses concerns about Gowan’s release on primary and secondary grounds, meaning he believes there are valid concerns regarding Gowans residence situation and public safety.

Gowan responds to the Justice of the Peace’s inquiry about who his lawyer is, and informs the court his lawyer is Karl McNamara from Huron County.

Justice of the Peace Maslach remands Gowan into custody until a Monday court appearance in room 104 at 12:45 by video.