Regional police lay charges after cruiser smashed in thief getaway attempt

An early-morning take-down of a suspected auto thief in Waterloo saw a person allegedly ramming a police car in a failed getaway attempt.

Waterloo Regional Police say the overnight incident began at 11:50 Monday night in an underground parking lot around King Street North and University Avenue West.

They said officers were notified of a GMC pickup truck there that had been reported stolen.

When police found that vehicle in the area of Columbia Street West and Hazel Street, the engine was still running and the suspect was still inside.

The suspect allegedly tried to drive away, hitting a police vehicle in the process, leaving both vehicles with “considerable damage.”

That suspect then attempted to flee on foot and was apprehended after a foot pursuit.

No one was hurt though.

A 20-year-old man from Stratford was arrested and later found to also be wanted on an outstanding warrant. He’s since been charged with the following offences:

  • Theft of a motor vehicle
  • Dangerous operation
  • Flight from police
  • Assault peace officer
  • Fail to remain
  • Failure to comply with release order (two counts)
  • Drive while under suspension

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