Police are investigating a series of events that led to a vehicle crashing into a service station on Sackville Drive yesterday afternoon.
Just before 5 p.m. on January 31, RCMP received numerous 911 calls about a vehicle travelling eastbound in the westbound lane forcing oncoming vehicles off the road on Hwy. 101 near Ellershouse.
The vehicle, a black Jaguar, collided with an oncoming SUV which resulted in the Jaguar being inoperable. The suspect, armed with a machete, then forcibly took possession of a Dodge truck that was stopped alongside the highway.
The suspect drove the truck heading East in the westbound lane on Hwy. 101 towards Lower Sackville. He was observed driving on the centre line of the highway, forcing oncoming vehicles to the shoulder.
RCMP members with lights and sirens activated were travelling toward the suspect vehicle. As members got closer, the suspect drove directly into the path of responding members. The suspect did not stop, continued past police and took Exit 2 onto the Beaverbank Connector. The suspect continued at a high rate of speed until he crashed into the front of a service station on Sackville Dr.
Two persons inside the service station sustained non life-threatening injuries and were transported to hospital by EHS. The driver was uninjured.
The suspect was arrested and remains in police custody. David Raymond Farrell, 38, from Windsor, will be appearing in Dartmouth Provincial court this afternoon to face the following charges:
- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance x 2
- Robbery with Violence
- Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
- Mischief x 3
- Flight from Peace Officer
- Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon x 2
- Mischief Endangering Life
- Attempt assault with a weapon
- Uttering threats to cause bodily harm or death
- Operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm x 2
- Operation of a conveyance while impaired causing bodily harm x 2
- Mischief over $5000
Several vehicles were damaged.
The roads were closed for several hours for scene examinations.
This incident is being led by the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division with assistance from RCMP Collision Analysts and RCMP Forensics Identification Section.
The RCMP is asking anyone who has video or photos from this incident and is willing to share, please contact your nearest detachment. RCMP can be contacted anywhere in Nova Scotia at 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Further, anyone with more information about these incidents is asked to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902 490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip atwww.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.
Source : Media Release
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