St. Thomas and London police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a 48-year-old man wanted in connection with the high-speed pursuit of a suspected impaired driver, and the ramming of a police cruiser, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, starting at 1:40 p.m.
St. Thomas Police Sergeant Jeff Pallister said London Police tried to stop a driver in the area of Southdale Road and Ernest Avenue, but the vehicle sped away, failing to stop for a red light at Wellington and Southdale roads. The direct pursuit was terminated.
Elgin Ontario Provincial Police tried to pull over the same car at Burwell and Southedgeware roads at 2 a.m. The car made contact with a cruiser. The car “fishtailed” and hit a pole before fleeing again.
Police again backed off, and the car was found abandoned by St. Thomas Police on Forest Avenue at 2:28 a.m.
After an investigation, police issued a warrant for a man to be charged with fleeing a peace officer, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, dangerous driving, three counts of driving while disqualified, driving while under suspension and taking a motor vehicle without consent.