Early Morning Downtown Car Chase Ends With Arrests

At approximately 4:20 am Halifax Regional Police responded to a report that a white SUV was driving and damaging property near the Wave on the Halifax Waterfront.  Officers located a white SUV in the area of Gottingen St and Buddy Daye St.  The SUV fled from police the wrong way on Creighton St and then the wrong way on Charles and Maynard Streets.  As this was a residential area HRP did not pursue the vehicle.  Witnesses in the area provided police with the location of vehicle at various locations.  A tire tread was located by police in the area of Bayers Rd and Mic Mac St and the same SUV was located, stopped on the side of the road,  in the area of Huron St and Mic Mac St.  Officers approached the vehicle and directed the driver to exit the vehicle, at that time the driver sped toward the officers attempting to strike them.  The officers were able to jump out of the way of the vehicle which drove toward another police vehicle, before fleeing toward Bayers Rd.  The SUV travelled outbound on Hwy 102 and then onto the Hwy 103 exit.  Officers lost sight of the vehicle and discontinued the pursuit.  The SUV turned around and travelled outbound again on the same exit toward Hwy 102 where it attempted to strike another police vehicle.  The vehicle then exited Hwy 102 near the Lacewood Dr exit and then travelled onto the Hwy 102 Northbound in the Southbound lane with no lights on.  Police were concerned for the safety of the public who may not see the vehicle travelling, in the dark, in the wrong direction so they turned on their emergency equipment to warn the public and pursue the vehicle.  The vehicle came to a stop near the Hammonds Plains exit and the driver fled from the vehicle where he was pursued on foot by officers and arrested.  A 28 year old male passenger in the SUV was also arrested at the scene.  Two officers received minor injuries during the incident.  One was treated and released at the scene by EHS paramedics and the other is currently being treated at hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  The 30 year old man, who was the driver, received non-life threatening injuries during the incident and was treated at hospital.  The investigation is continuing and a decision on which charges will be laid will be made later today.

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