Loaded Firearm Recovered After Brief Pursuit In Whitby

One male is facing numerous firearms-related charges after a brief police pursuit in Whitby on Saturday night.

On Saturday, August 31, 2019, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Durham Police attempted to stop a vehicle that was operating with no lights on Garrard Road near Rossland Road East in Whitby. As the officer attempted to stop the grey Hyundai, the vehicle drove away southbound on Garrard Road at a high rate of speed, going through a red light at Rossland Road. The vehicle ended up losing control, mounting the curb and striking a hydro pole which resulted in the loss of hydro to numerous residents in Whitby and Oshawa. The suspect was trapped in the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. Police located a loaded firearm near the vehicle and the driver was arrested.

Luther DEROUCHE, age 32 of Renfrew Court in Oshawa, is facing numerous weapon and traffic offences including Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm; Possession of a Loaded Prohibited Firearm and Flight from Police. It was also discovered that Derouche only holds a G1 licence. He was held for a bail hearing.

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