Release Date: August 27th, 2020 - 10:48am
Originator: Staff Sergeant, Gerard Kelly, 3 District, 905 825 4747
Contact: Constable, Ryan Anderson, Corporate Communications, 905 825 4899
On Wednesday August 26, 2020, at approximately 10:30 pm, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) received information about a white Mercedes with extensive front end damage was observed to be driving erratically on the Queen Elizabeth Way. A resident observed the Mercedes exit the highway and stop at a gas station at Walkers Line and Mainway in the City of Burlington.
HRPS officers attended the gas station and located the vehicle (occupied by one passenger) and the male driver (who had just finished pumping gas). Upon speaking with the driver, our officer determined that the driver was impaired and attempted to arrest him. The driver got back into the vehicle and put it into reverse while the driver's side door was fully open and struck our officer. The driver then reversed into a parked police cruiser and then drove forward and exited the gas station. The vehicle then drove along Mainway and police initiated a pursuit in an attempt to stop the Mercedes. A decision was made to terminate this pursuit after a short distance, due to public safety reasons.
The vehicle drove into a residential area on Sutherland Drive and parked in the driveway of a residence, prompting the homeowner to notify police. Officers attended the residence a short time later and located the vehicle, with both males still occupying the vehicle.
In spite of demands to do so, the two males refused to exit the vehicle, and the driver attempted to try and set the vehicle in motion. In the process of making the arrests, both the driver and passenger were each struck with a CEW (conducted energy weapon).
The driver and his passenger were then transported taken to hospital for examination.
The involved police officer received only minor injuries from being struck by the Mercedes and did not require medical treatment.
It was determined that the Mercedes had an improper licence plates attached at the time of this incident. A further inquiry determined the Mercedes was reported stolen to another GTA police service.
Police are investigating how the stolen Mercedes sustained the extensive front end damage that generated the initial calls to police. It is believed that it may have been involved in a collision with another motor vehicle in the Oakville earlier in the evening.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825 4747 ext. 2316.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
A 29 year old male of Brampton is being charged with the following offences:
A 32 year old male of Toronto is being charged with the following offences:
Both involved persons will be held for a bail hearing however police will not be releasing their names until both have made a court appearance.