Police get a break; suspect surprised to see police cruiser, chase ensues.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON.  June 18, 2013  On Monday evening, shortly before 8:30 p.m. a male suspect got into an altercation with another male in downtown Burlington.  A threat with a weapon was made before the suspect drove away. 

Shortly thereafter, two police constables on routine patrol happened by chance to pull up behind the suspect.  The suspect sped off and entered an intersection against a red light and began driving in a dangerous manner.  The officers activated their emergency lights in an attempt to stop the suspect vehicle.

During a brief pursuit, the suspect drove directly at a patrol supervisor, who had to take evasive action to avoid a head-on collision.

At the intersection of Brant Street and Plains Road East the suspect entered the intersection against a red light and collided with two vehicles that had right of way.  The suspect vehicle smashed into a light standard, causing significant damage.  After the collisions, the suspect bailed from the car and fled on foot.  He was apprehended seconds later by the original officers who chased him on foot.  During the foot pursuit, one of the officers sustained a minor injury.  He was treated and released from hospital.

A 23-year-old Burlington man driving the first vehicle that the suspect hit was not injured.  A 48-year-old Burlington woman and her 11 yr old son, who were in the second car hit by the suspect, sustained minor injuries and were later treated and released from hospital.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) was called to the scene and assisted in the investigation.  The intersection was closed for five hours while the investigators measured the scene and collected evidence.

Several witnesses came forward and provided police with statements.  Any additional witnesses are asked to call the CRU at ext. 5065.

Joshua FARRAY, age 22 yrs, of Burlington has been charged with:

Flight from Police,

Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle,

Fail to Remain, 3 counts of Breach Probation,

Drive While Suspended,

Use Plates not Authorized for Vehicle,

Use Validation not Furnished for Vehicle

Drive with No Insurance

FARRAY is being held in custody for a bail hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Should have taken a bus.

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