A 31-year-old Quebec man is now facing a range of charges after police tried to stop a driver who was wreaking havoc on a residential street in Brampton, Ontario.
Peel Regional Police said a concerned citizen pulled over a patrol officer in the Queen Street West and Chinguacousy Road area around 3:15 p.m. Thursday about a white Jeep that was driving erratically nearby.
Police eventually found the vehicle on Chinguacousy and Drinkwater streets.
“They made several attempts to ensure the vehicle came to a stop. They (the jeep) tried to avoid the police as you can see in the video,” Const said. said Heather Cannon on Friday.
In a video of the incident posted on Twitter, two officers can be seen confronting the driver of the Jeep on the front lawn of an apartment building.
An officer appears to have trained his gun on the vehicle.
The Jeep then reverses, hits and overturns a tree in the driveway, and then reverses again into a traffic light post.
As the jeep drove forward to avoid police, it crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle on the road.
The jeep then backs up and corrects its course several times before continuing down the road and coming to a stop.
At this point, another police cruiser arrives at the scene while the jeep backs up once more.
In another video posted to Twitter, several police cruisers can be seen parked around the jeep at the scene.
On Friday, police confirmed that the driver and two occupants of the jeep were arrested and charged.
No injuries were reported to pedestrians, police officers or the vehicle’s occupants involved, police said.
“…It is absolutely amazing that no one was hurt. No one was hurt here and we are dealing with police who are working with the public to bring this to a safe conclusion,” Cannon said.
Peel Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah thanked officers on Twitter for their efforts to end the situation safely.
Police said the driver hit a total of two trees, three civilian vehicles and several police cruisers while attempting to flee the scene.
The driver, 31-year-old Yudhbir Randhawa of St. Constant, Quebec, was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation and was being held on bail for a hearing on Friday.
Randhawa faces seven charges, including disruption of operations during the disruption — drugs, escaping from a peace officer, and possession of a controlled substance — including heroin and methamphetamines.
According to police, Randhawa has a criminal history that includes “convictions for dangerous motor vehicle operation, evading police, and drug offenses.”
The two passengers, 41-year-old Harpreet Saggu of Brampton and 23-year-old Jashanpreet Singh of Lasalle, Quebec, were also charged with drug-related offenses.
Both Saggu and Singh have been released on commitment and will appear in court in November and December respectively.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Safety at 905-453-2121 x 3702 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.