2 men charged after RCMP cruisers rammed by pickup
Indian Brook man, 52, now facing 7 charges, including assaulting peace officer with a weapon
Two men are facing charges after Nova Scotia RCMP say two police cruisers were rammed Tuesday afternoon in Hants County by a pickup truck allegedly driven by a drunk driver.
RCMP said officers from East Hants and Indian Brook were responding to reports of an impaired driver around 4 p.m. when a Ford F-150 hit their vehicles in Hardwood Lands.
Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said when one officer pulled over and tried to get the truck to stop, it accelerated and hit the cruiser's side door, before pulling away and hitting the front of a second police vehicle.
The truck fled and other police in the area tried to follow it in a "very short pursuit" on Highway 14, Hutchinson said.
Officers arrested two suspects after the truck drove into a gravel pit and got stuck trying to drive over a large pile of dirt, he said.
A 52-year-old man from Indian Brook who was allegedly driving the vehicle is now facing seven charges, including impaired operation of a motor vehicle, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and driving while prohibited.
He was due to appear in Truro provincial court Thursday morning.
A second man is charged with assault with a weapon.
Hutchinson said the RCMP officers were not injured but a formal debriefing would be held to talk to all members about what happened and how it was handled.
"It's something that most of us, or some of us, have experienced in the past. It's not a great feeling," he said.