Motorist repeatedly rams police car, then flees

By Robert Frank

A 20-year-old man allegedly rammed his car three times into a Laval Police cruiser after patrol officers had stopped him for driving with his headlights off, around 2:15 a.m., Dec. 6.

“They pulled him over in front of 133 Dusseault in Laval des Rapides,” Const. Franco di Genova told The Suburban. “Each officer took one side of the vehicle. They asked for identification, which both his female passengers, aged 18 and 25, provided. The driver had none, so the officers asked him to identify himself verbally.”

“His answers were slow and vague,” he added, “so they took note of the information, and instructed the driver to remain where he was. They told him that they would return to the police cruiser to check the car’s license plate number [in the police database] in the hope of getting the correct name. Otherwise, they explained to him, he would have to accompany them [for identification].”

“While both officers were inside the vehicle entering the license plate number, the suspect placed his car in reverse and rammed the police cruiser,” Const. di Genova said, “then he rammed it a second time, trapping the officer on the passenger side inside the police car.”

“The police officer on the driver’s side exited the police car and ordered the driver to get out of his vehicle with his hands up,” he continued. “The driver then attempted to ram the officer with his car, but instead hit the patrol car again. At that point, the police officer drew his weapon and shot at the vehicle, which fled the scene.”

“They were located near Highway 15, so by the time the officer could return to the police car to give chase, the suspect was gone,” Const. di Genova said. “All neighbouring police forces were alerted to be on the lookout for the black Pontiac Sunfire.”

Sûreté du Quebec’s (SQ) Lachute detachment arrested the suspect later that morning and returned him to Laval, where he will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon and possibly other offences.

“The suspect was not known to Laval Police, but he was to other police departments,” Const. di Genova added. He noted that the Laval Police officer shot in an attempt to disable the vehicle, and that there is no evidence that anyone was injured as a consequence.

“In the meantime, detectives are checking with the owner of the vehicle to determine whether it was borrowed or stolen,” he concluded. “They also want to know what was transpiring in the car when it was pulled over. Why did the driver panic and ram the police car?”

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