Nova Scotia

Halifax police chase driver going wrong way on Highway 102

Halifax police arrested two men after a cat-and-mouse chase that saw a driver try to run over officers before fleeing the wrong way on downtown streets and later on a major highway.

Two men arrested after chase from downtown Halifax out to Bedford highway exit

Two police officers were hurt during the chase. One remains in hospital. (Robert Short/CBC)

Halifax police arrested two men, including one now facing several charges, after a cat-and-mouse chase that saw a driver try to run over officers before fleeing the wrong way on downtown streets and later on a major highway.

It started at 4:20 a.m. Friday when police were called to reports of someone in a white SUV damaging property near the Wave sculpture on the Halifax waterfront.

Officers spotted the SUV near Gottingen and Buddy Daye streets. The car took off the wrong way down Creighton Street and kept going the wrong way on Charles and Maynard streets.

"As this was a residential area, HRP did not pursue the vehicle," said Staff Sgt. Greg Mason.

But police did spot a tire tread near Bayers Road and Micmac Street — and then they saw a white SUV stopped on the side of the road. Police headed toward the car and told the driver to get out.

"At that time, the driver sped toward the officers attempting to strike them. The officers were able to jump out of the way of the vehicle, which drove toward another police vehicle before fleeing toward Bayers Road," Mason said. 

The SUV got away onto Highway 102. 

Police again gave up the chase, but the SUV came across another police car on a highway exit and allegedly tried to hit the cruiser. 

Arrested near Bedford exit

The SUV driver fled again, now heading along Lacewood Drive, before trying to get back on the highway with no lights on. 

"Police were concerned for the safety of the public, who may not see the vehicle travelling, in the dark, in the wrong direction so they turned on their emergency equipment to warn the public and pursue the vehicle," Mason said. 

The SUV stopped near the Hammond Plains exit in Bedford and the driver and passenger ran away. Police officers outran them and arrested both the driver, 30, and the passenger, 28. 

Two police officers were injured in the pursuit. One was treated in hospital and released Friday morning. 

Halifax Regional Police Const. Dianne Woodworth says the 30-year-old driver is facing the following charges:

  • Assault on a police officer with a weapon (in this case the car)
  • Flight from police
  • Resisting arrest
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Impaired driving by alcohol 

He will be appearing in Halifax court this afternoon. Police are still investigating whether charges should be laid against the passenger.