Drunk senior attacks car with hammer, challenges cops to fight, gets Tasered: police

A Port Colborne senior is facing multiple charges after allegedly driving drunk, sideswiping a car, trying to bash out a vehicle’s windshield with a hammer, challenging police officers to a fight, and getting Tasered.

65-year-old man now facing 6 charges, including uttering death threats

A man is facing multiple charges after an alleged road rage incident in Niagara Region. (Hamilton police)

A Port Colborne senior is facing multiple charges after police say he drove drunk, sideswiped a car, tried to bash out a vehicle's windshield with a hammer, challenged police officers to a fight, and was Tasered.

And there's more — he's also been charged with uttering death threats, all connected to a wild road rage incident in rural Wainfleet, Ont., in southern Niagara region.

It all happened on Tuesday evening around 6:30 p.m., police say. A 23-year woman was heading home from work, when she noticed someone was tailgating her, a police news release reads.

She pulled over to let the vehicle pass, and that's when the man driving the other car "purposely" sideswiped her three times, ramming her into the ditch, police say.

The woman called 911, and started reporting the incident. As this was happening, the man in the other car "retrieved a hammer-type weapon" and started bashing her windshield in an effort to get at her, police say.

"The accused shouted profanities at her and threatened numerous times to kill her," the police news release reads. "The victim and accused are not known to one another."

Officers got to the scene not long after, and saw a man standing at the victim's driver door, continuing his threats to kill her, police say.

The man refused commands issued by the officers, and instead challenged them to a fight, according to the news release.

The man was then shocked with a Taser, which "proved effective in assisting police to gain control of the accused," police say.

The "hammer-type weapon" investigators say the man was wielding during the incident was later found in a cornfield some distance away. Calls inquiring about just how that weapon ended up in a nearby cornfield were not immediately returned.

A 65-year-old Port Colborne man is facing six charges:

  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Uttering death threats
  • Mischief under $5,000
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
  • Operating a motor vehicle exceeding 80mg of blood alcohol

The man was held for a bail hearing on Wednesday.

adam.carter@cbc.ca

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