Ottawa

Driver charged after wild police pursuit

Police have charged a 24-year-old Ottawa man with impaired driving following a wild car chase east of the city's downtown Friday morning.

Ottawa man, 24, charged with impaired driving, leaving collision scene

Ottawa police responded to multiple 911 calls about an erratic driver around 8 a.m. Friday. (Trevor Pritchard/CBC)

Police have charged a 24-year-old Ottawa man with impaired driving following a wild car chase east of the city's downtown Friday morning.

Police responded around 8 a.m. to several 911 calls about a possible impaired driver who was involved in multiple hit-and-runs near the intersection of St. Laurent Boulevard and Donald Street.

Several police vehicles gave chase to the suspect, but the pursuit was quickly called off because of the risk to public safety, police said.

Another 911 call from a member of the public eventually led the police to the suspect's vehicle, and the man was arrested.

At some point, a police SUV collided with another vehicle at the intersection of St. Laurent Boulevard and Tremblay Road, injuring both the officer and the other motorist.

The man is charged with:

  • Driving while impaired.
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Driving a motor vehicle while suspended.
  • Failure to stop after an accident.
  • Fleeing a police officer.
  • Unlawful drug possession.
  • Transporting cannabis.

The man is scheduled to appear in court on Saturday.