Police dog nabs suspect near smouldering car, after RNC cruiser was rammed
Police have charged a 27-year-old man alleged to have rammed into a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary vehicle in St. John’s on Wednesday afternoon before fleeing to the community of Cape Broyle.
The RNC responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver on Waterford Bridge Road around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, and located the driver in a parking lot in the area.
Police say the man exited the car and “spoke briefly to the officer.” He then got back in and fled at a high speed.
In doing so, police said, the man struck an RNC vehicle, leaving it inoperable.
The RNC notified the RCMP while continuing to patrol St. John’s for the man and his older model burgundy Lincoln Mark VII.
Around 4:30 p.m. Ferryland RCMP was told about a damaged older model, burgundy Lincoln with smoke coming from underneath it, parked at the Ultramar gas station in Cape Broyle.
A man matching the description provided by the RNC was seen walking away from the car, the RCMP said.
After confirming this was the same car that fled from the RNC, RCMP officers from Ferryland, Holyrood, Traffic Services and Police Dog Services arrived.
Around 6:30 p.m. RCMP Police Service Dog Kaos located the man hiding in some bushes at the end of Southside Road in Cape Broyle. He was arrested and turned over to the RNC, police said.
The man has been charged with a number of offences, including assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, assaulting a peace officer, obstruction of justice and breach of probation.
He was due to appear in court on Thursday.
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