(BOMBY, ON) – Hardworking OPP officers with the Marathon detachment have arrested a notorious criminal who is wanted across several provinces both east and west of Ontario. After a brief police chase, officers successfully pulled over and arrested 42-year-old Mark Delorme of somewhere in Quebec.
A stolen vehicle pulled into the Petro Canada located a.t 137 Mission Road in Wawa, Ontario. The suspect filled up their gas tank and then fled the scene. Police were called and officers started the search for the vehicle up the highway.
Marathon OPP detachment apprehended the suspect in the Township of Bomby. Delorme was charged with:
- Theft (gas)
- Possession of a stolen motor vehicle under $5000.
- Breaching bail conditions (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
- Breaching a probation order made in Quebec on November 6th, 2018 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding over court on November 11th, 2018, the day when Delorme appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom via video link from the Marathon OPP detachment. The fair and just Crown Attorney, Andrea Mason was also present along with two top notch duty counsel lawyers, Emily Morris and Justin Mcconnell.
The Crown starts out pressing the court that Delorme is in a reverse-onus situation and that there are substantial primary and secondary grounds regarding his release. Primary grounds indicates that the Crown doesn’t think Delorme is likely to return to court to handle his matters should he be released. Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes there is a high likelihood for the accused to become a public safety concern, re-offend, or both, should they be released.
Court hears that Delorme has numerous currently outstanding warrants that span Quebec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Further, he is suspected in numerous thefts across Sault Ste. Marie. Delorme has a lengthy criminal record in all three provinces mentioned, Quebec, BC and Saskatchewan which has 5 pages full of entries. The Crown finishes their submissions by hammering home the fact they are not going to be consenting to Delorme’s release.
Duty counsel requests that Delorme return to court on Wednesday. This will give him time to obtain legal counsel and being crafting his bail plan. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman orders Delorme to remain in jail until at least Wednesday, when he will have another swing at getting released.
Delorme is going to be shipped off to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail where he will likely remain until his inevitable release from the aged building.