OPP cruiser stolen, recovered by police after highway chase, crash
Several people injured in head-on highway crash believed to be linked
An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) vehicle was stolen and recovered in Mississauga Friday night and police are looking into two possibly related crime scenes in Peel Region, Sgt. Kerry Schmidt has confirmed.
Schmidt told reporters that at around 7:30 p.m., police tried to pull over a vehicle that was being driven erratically and apparently speeding on Highway 407 near Highway 410.
"[Police] attempted to stop it and it did not obey ... and they went after this vehicle and the suspect vehicle was then involved in a collision [on] the 410 on the ramp to the [eastbound] 407," Schmidt said.
"The vehicle was travelling originally on the 407 but turned to go the wrong way on an off-ramp," he said, adding that vehicle was subsequently involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle.
"There were several occupants, including possibly a child there, as well," Schmidt said of the vehicle that was hit. "They have been taken to hospital."
Peel paramedics confirmed late Friday that three people were taken to area hospitals with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The ages and genders of the patients could not immediately be confirmed.
The male suspect then fled on foot and apparently stole an OPP cruiser after the crash, according to police.
The OPP used their Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate the vehicle, according to Schmidt. The OPP cruiser was subsequently found at a condominium parking lot on Eglinton Avenue northwest of Winston Churchill Boulevard in Mississauga.
Schmidt told reporters that police believe the person who allegedly stole the OPP car was also involved in the head-on collision.
Multiple police units, including the canine unit, were spotted at the scene where the car was abandoned.
Officers were still looking for the suspect late Friday.