• Carmen Marie Fabio

Driver fleeing police crashes on Highway 20 in Dorval


PHOTOS BY VICTOR MATEUS

A driver fleeing a pursuing Sûreté du Québec motorcycle officer on Highway 20 westbound the morning of September 28 crashed his car into an SQ patrol car sending both himself and the officer to hospital.

SQ spokesman Sgt. Daniel Thibodeau reports a motorcycle officer signaled the driver to pull over near the Dorval Circle following a traffic infraction around 10:45 a.m. The driver refused and continued heading westbound, taking Exit 53 for Sources Boulevard where an SQ patrol car was stationed to intercept the motorist.

“The suspect attempted to bypass the patrol car and he hit it,” said Thibodeau of the vehicle that then went over the guardrail coming to a rest on the grass on the north side of the exit. “He then abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. He was rapidly apprehended.”

The suspect, a man in his 40s, was transported to hospital along with the officer in the patrol car. Neither one suffered serious injury. Thibodeau said the investigation is still ongoing and could not confirm if the suspect was driving a stolen vehicle.

The Sources Boulevard exit was closed until 3:30 p.m. The driver will appear at the Palais de justice in Montreal September 29 to face charges of dangerous driving, hit and run, and fleeing a police officer.