A Chisasibi man in his pick-up truck led Ontario Provincial Police and a local squad car on an 80-kilometre chase before being arrested on 12 charges near Kirkland Lake, Ont., according to police.

Tom Henry Rupert, 31, was able to evade officers for some time until his tires were blown out by a police spike belt, said Const. Laura Cahill of the South Porcupine OPP detachment.

The chase hit speeds of up to 150 km/ hour. Rupert’s court-appointed lawyer, Calvin Ferrier, would not comment.

Rupert was first stopped by a South Porcupine OPP officer who saw him swerving from lane to lane on a bridge shortly before 3 a.m. on Friday, May 29, Cahill said. As the officer tried to handcuff him, Rupert “struck” the officer on the head and went for his gun, claimed Cahill.

When the officer retreated, Rupert jumped back in his vehicle and took off with the officer’s arm caught in the car window, Cahill said. The officer sustained an injury when he fell from the truck, she said.

A chase ensued, which involved up to three police cars. At one point, Rupert disabled one of the cars by ramming it, Cahill continued. But once Rupert hit the spike belt, he offered no more resistance.

Rupert is charged with impaired driving, over 80 milligrams (i.e. drunk while in the driver’s seat), dangerous driving, assaulting an officer, assaulting an officer with intent to resist arrest, escaping custody, failure to stop for police, mischief over $5,000 (two counts), possession of a prohibited weapon (a large-capacity .22 ammo clip), unsafe storage of ammunition and the provincial offence of “having liquor readily available.”

He was denied bail at a hearing in Timmins. Rupert is being held at the MonteithCorrectional Centre near Iroquois Falls.