Things go from bad to worse to arrest for hapless pickup truck owner


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You can’t make this stuff up.

Last Friday, the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police detachment received a report of a pickup truck theft in the Hat Lake area, about 65 kilometres north of Elliot Lake.

OPP said in a news release Tuesday that the investigation evolved when, on Saturday, a log skidder was reported stolen from a Hat Lake-area forestry business.

Police said the investigation revealed that the pickup truck had been driven on a Hat Lake logging road on Friday and had become stuck on a bridge.

The driver — whom police identified as the owner of the pickup — is alleged to have walked back to the forestry business property and taken a log skidder to tow the pickup truck from the bridge.

It appeared the driver lost control of the skidder and ran over the truck, after which the pick-up truck was reported stolen.

Police said an Elliot Lake man was charged with theft of a motor vehicle — the skidder — and public mischief for allegedly reporting his own truck stolen.

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