Charges laid after front-end loader tears into home, then stops at liquor store

A 51-year-old man is facing several charges after he allegedly used a front-end loader to partially demolish a home and damage a power pole.

A 51-year-old Sydney man appeared in provincial court Tuesday morning, remains in custody

Cape Breton Regional Police seized this loader outside an NSLC storefront in North Sydney. (Gary Mansfield/CBC)

A 51-year-old man is facing several charges after he allegedly used a front-end loader to partially demolish a North Sydney, N.S., home early Monday morning and then drive to a local liquor store with police in pursuit.

The Sydney man is facing charges of break and enter, flight from police, taking a motor vehicle without consent and four counts of mischief, Cape Breton Regional Police said in a news release. 

The man appeared in Sydney provincial court Tuesday morning. He remains in custody and will return to court for a bail hearing on Thursday.

He has been ordered to have no contact with the occupants of the house he's accused of damaging, except through lawyers. A woman named as one of the occupants has applied for a peace bond against him.

This house on Seaview Drive in North Sydney was damaged early Monday morning. (Gary Mansfield/CBC)

The drama with the front-end loader started round 5 a.m. on Monday when it was used to tear into a house and power pole on Seaview Drive in North Sydney. 

The pole was damaged and the side of a house was ripped apart. No one was in the home at the time.

The 51-year-old knew the owner of the house that was damaged, said police.

The whole corner of this house was damaged. (Gary Mansfield/CBC)

Police tried to get the loader to stop but its driver wouldn't pull over. Officers pursued the loader to the Superstore parking lot on King Street. The loader stopped at an NSLC storefront. Police were able to get the driver out of the machine and he was arrested.