A 31-year-old man from Quebec now faces a slew of charges after police tried to arrest a driver who was causing havoc on a residential street in Brampton, Ontario.
Peel Regional Police say a concerned citizen reported a patrol officer in the area of Queen Street West and Chinguacousy Road about a white Jeep driving erratically nearby at around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.
Police eventually located the vehicle on Chinguacousy and Drinkwater roads.
“They made several attempts to make sure the vehicle would stop. They (the Jeep) tried to evade the police as you can see in the video,” Const. Heather Cannon said Friday .
In a video of the incident posted on Twitter, two officers are seen confronting the driver of the Jeep on the lawn of a residence.
An officer appears to have his gun pointed at the vehicle.
The Jeep then reverses, enters and knocks over a tree on the driveway, then reverses again into a traffic light pole.
As the Jeep moves forward to try to evade the police, it collides head-on with a vehicle entering the street.
The Jeep is then seen backing up and correcting its course several times before rolling further down the street and coming to a stop.
Just then, another police cruiser is seen arriving at the scene as the Jeep continues to back up again.
In another video posted to Twitter, several police cruisers are seen parked around the Jeep at the scene.
On Friday, police confirmed that the driver and two passengers inside the Jeep had been arrested and charged.
Police said there were no reports of injuries to pedestrians, police or occupants involved in the vehicle.
“…It’s absolutely amazing that no one was hurt. No one was hurt here and we’re dealing with, you know, police officers working with the public to, you know, bring this to a safe conclusion,” Cannon said.
Peel Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah thanked officers on Twitter for their efforts to bring the situation to a safe end.
Police said the driver hit a total of two trees, three civilian vehicles and several police cruisers in an effort to flee the scene.
The driver, Yudhbir Randhawa, 31, of Saint-Constant, Que., was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and was held for a bail hearing on Friday.
Randhawa faces seven counts, including impaired driving – drugs, fleeing a peace officer and possession of a controlled substance – heroin and methamphetamines, among others.
According to police, Randhawa has a criminal history, which includes “convictions for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police and drug offences.”
The two passengers, Harpreet Saggu, 41, of Brampton, and Jashanpreet Singh, 23, of Lasalle, Que., were also charged with drug offences.
Both Saggu and Singh have been released on bail and will appear in court in November and December, respectively.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Highway Traffic Services at 905-453-2121 ext. 3702 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.