Pictou man arrested after police chase

Ryan Cooke newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on June 21, 2014
Police News

TRURO - A wild ride ended badly for one Pictou man, who went looking for a chase.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Colchester RCMP responded to a call about an erratic driver near the RCMP detachment in Bible Hill. Except they already knew.

The driver was in the parking lot.

Moments before, an officer heard a roaring engine and saw headlights drawing closer. The car ripped through the parking lot, narrowly missing the officer. The driver slammed on the brakes, coming to a screeching halt before backing up and taking aim again.

The driver then tore across the lawn and through a ditch, before heading to the main road.

The chase continued through Truro with four officers in pursuit, where Truro Police Service joined in. The driver proceeded to pick up the 102 South, heading for Stewiacke.

Once on the 102, the driver made it his intention to take out anything in his way.

“At that point, he was actively looking to crash into other motorists,” said RCMP Cpl. Addie Maccallum.

Realizing the urgency of the situation, the officers in pursuit began ramming the vehicle, trying to pin the car against guardrails. The driver carried on, however.

After exiting into Stewiacke, the Pictou man put his foot down even further, building a lead on the officers. Rushing to catch up, they soon saw headlights coming the other way - the driver had pulled a U-turn.

Speeding head on into the chase, the driver collided with an RCMP vehicle, bringing the pursuit to an abrupt halt.

The RCMP officer has since been treated and released, while the 18-year-old Pictou man remains under police custody at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre with non-life threatening injuries.

No members of the public were injured during the pursuit.

“I'm very proud of the way our members handled the situation,” Maccallum said. “When it got near Brookfield and they began trying to pin the car - I mean that’s such a selfless act to protect the public.”

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone that may have been a witness to these events to contact the Colchester RCMP at 893-6820.



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