A 30-year-old Peterborough man is facing multiple charges after his vehicle crashed into two police cruisers attempting to stop him on Sunday evening (December 3).
At around 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, police received a call about a vehicle being driven erratically, including into oncoming traffic, before it entered a parking lot just north of Water Street and University Heights Boulevard.
An officer located the suspect’s vehicle in the parking lot and was approaching it when the suspect’s vehicle collided with the officer’s cruiser and then continued driving. A second officer, whose cruiser had its lights and siren on, attempted to stop the vehicle on Water Street when it also collided with that officer’s cruiser.
The first officer was able to get their cruiser in front of the suspect’s vehicle again, when the driver stopped and fled on foot.
Both officers, who received minor injuries, were able to get out of their damaged cruisers — with one having to get out of the passenger side because of the damage — and chased the suspect before taking him into custody a short distance away. During the arrest, officers noticed the driver was showing signs of impairment.
Officers searched the suspect’s vehicle and seized 5.9 grams of cocaine, 5.8 grams of fentanyl, 70 oxycodone pills, an unspecified amount of Canadian currency, and drug paraphernalia.
As a result of the investigation, a 30-year-old Peterborough man was arrested and charged with operation while impaired (drugs), dangerous operation, flight from peace officer, possession property obtained by crime under $5,000, operation while prohibited under the criminal code, possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (oxycodone), possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl), and possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine).
Officers discovered the driver was a suspended driver and he was also charged with driving while under suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 45 days.
The accused man is being held in custody and will appear in court on Monday (December 4).