Hamilton

Man hit cop car with Ford Fusion, drove on sidewalk to escape: police

A man attempted to flee a traffic stop initiated by Hamilton police, hit a police car, mounted the sidewalk and kept on driving. Police say they found two knives in the car.

Police found two knives in the vehicle, one 'dagger style' and one for 'filleting'

When Hamilton police attempted to initiate a traffic stop, police say the driver attempted to escape — he hit a police cruiser, mounted the sidewalk, and kept on driving. (Laura Clementson/CBC)

A man is in court today, police say, after fleeing a traffic stop, crashing into a cop car, and driving on the sidewalk in an attempt to escape. 

On Tuesday, just after 6:30 p.m., police say they saw a blue Ford Fusion parked in the area of Barton Street East and Smith Avenue. The driver continued to exit and enter the vehicle to speak to people in the area. Police investigated and found that his licence plate was not authorized for the vehicle. 

When police tried to initiate a traffic stop, they say the man attempted to flee. Police say the car he was driving struck a police cruiser, mounted the sidewalk, and kept going. 

Police were able to stop the vehicle and the driver, 33, was arrested. 

After searching the car, police say they found two knives — one "dagger style" and another "for filleting." The Ford Fusion was seized and impounded. 

The man was a disqualified driver with several prohibitions, police say. 

He faces the following charges: 

  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited.

  • Two counts of disobeying court order.

  • Possession of dangerous weapons. 

  • Two counts of part 3 court summons for driving while suspended.