A 28-year-old Hamilton man faces several charges, including drunk driving, after a late-night police chase that sent two people to hospital.

Around 3 a.m. Saturday, an officer spotted a 2008 Mazda 6 driving in the wrong direction on Barton Street East near Wellington, said Hamilton police Staff Sergeant Gary Thompson.

The officer turned on his emergency lights, prompting the suspect’s vehicle to drive away.

Thompson said the Mazda turned south on Ferguson Avenue North, weaving through several side streets before it  “collided with a taxi at Wilson [Street] at Cathcart,” said Thompson.

The vehicle then fled the scene, driving south towards Main Street East. Squad cars were able to block the Mazda in at Main Street East at Wellington Street South.

The driver tried to run away from police, but was unsuccessful.

Police took a 28-year-old Hamilton man into custody and charged him with impaired driving, failing to remain at the scene of a crash and attempting to flee from police.

The accused was denied bail, Thompson said.

Two occupants of the taxi were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.