Nfld. & Labrador

Lengthy police chase ends in arrest

Police have arrested a man following a five-hour pursuit through Mount Pearl and St. John's.
A map illustrates the points where a 24 year old man collided with a police vehicle, then a car, as well as the points where the foot chase began and ended. (CBC)

Police have arrested a 24-year-old man following a four-and-a-half-hour pursuit through Mount Pearl and St. John's.

At 10 a.m. police received a report of a stolen vehicle on Farrell Drive, in Mount Pearl. When police tried to stop the man, who was driving a pick-up truck, he led officers on a high-speed chase through that city while weaving in and out of traffic.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers said at that point they called off the chase in the interest of public safety.

The vehicle was later spotted on the Robert E. Howlett Memorial Highway, in the south end of St. John's, which is in RCMP jurisdiction. Police said the pick-up truck collided with an RCMP cruiser in that area, causing major damage. Continuing on, the driver then struck a parked vehicle on Cornwall Avenue in central St. John's. Police said there was a woman and child in the vehicle at the time.

The man eventually left his vehicle on Beothuck Street, and took officers on a three-hour, 10 kilometre chase through wooded and marshy areas, construction sites and residential areas before police finally caught the man and arrested him at around 2:30 p.m. on Ladysmith Drive off Kenmount Road.

Warrants had previously been issued for the man's arrest. He is facing numerous charges in relation to the chase, including three counts each of dangerous driving, flight from police and driving while disqualified.