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Man arrested following investigation into debris left along Highway 17

OPP were investigating multiple incidents where debris was left along the highway, which officers say posed a serious safety risk.
Espanola OPP charged a 58-year-old man from Whitefish River First Nation for stunt driving on Sept. 7. Supplied photo.

Upper Ottawa OPP say they have found a person they believe is responsible for leaving debris along Highway 17 between Pembroke and Renfrew.

OPP have been investigating a number of recent incidents involving debris being placed along the highway, and as a result of an investigation, they were able to make an arrest Thursday afternoon.

Joshua Patrick Boyce, 21, of Bonnechere Valley Township, has been charged with:

  • Two counts of mischief endangering life
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000

The accused will be held for a bail hearing on Friday at a Pembroke court.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact the Crime Unit of the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-732-3332 or Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at

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