Toronto Driver With Missing Tires Tries to Evade Police

Driving with missing tires is one thing but also trying to outrun police is a whole other level of stupidity. A Toronto man driving a van with missing tires tried to evade police while carrying 326 cases of beer.

The 30-year-old man was driving a rental van even after blowing a tire at around 2 p.m. on November 1, 2023. Ontario Provincial Police officers with the Lennox and Addington Detachment were dispatched to a “traffic hazard” that involved the van on the shoulder of the westbound lanes of Highway 401 near the Mitchell Road exit.

“Police attended the area and found rim marks driving down Hwy 401 on the WB shoulder,” the L&A OPP said in a press release. “The marks eventually became flatter indicating the rim was worn off and the vehicle was now running on the hub.”

According to police, the vehicle was located around one kilometre west of Highway 37 in Belleville, with the rear left wheel beginning to smoke from the heat. The OPP was able to initiate a traffic stop without any incident.

While speaking with the driver, officers spotted four cases of beer the the front passenger’s seat area, which had labels written in only French on the box. Police confronted the man about the transportation of beer from Quebec into Ontario and carried out a search of the vehicle.

“The entire back of the van was filled with beer cases,” the OPP said. It was discovered that the driver was transporting 326 cases of beer, each containing 24 cans or bottles, of various brands.

“The driver had admitted that the liquor was not purchased at or through an authorized outlet for the sale of liquor in Ontario. He further admitted that the beer was for a wedding and not for his personal use,” the OPP said.

The driver was charged with unlawfully possessing liquor, unlawfully purchasing liquor and the operation of an unsafe vehicle. The liquor was seized by police and the man was released with a provincial court date to speak to the charges.