Stolen car chase ends with spike belt deployed, suspect in middle of lake

On March 12, at approximately 11:43 p.m., RCMP Halifax Regional Detachment responded to a request for assistance from Halifax Regional Police. Officers were advised that a red Mazda sedan with rear-end damage was observed throughout the day in the Halifax area, travelling at high rates of speed.

The Mazda, which had been reported stolen out of West Hants, nearly collided with a number of vehicles and failed to stop when Halifax Regional Police officers attempted to stop the vehicle.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., the vehicle was observed travelling at a high rate of speed on Waverly Rd. A spike belt was successfully deployed, but the Mazda kept on driving for a distance. Fifteen minutes later, officers responded to a call of two suspicious people in the area of Lakewood Dr.

Upon arrival at Lakewood Dr., officers safely arrested a 30-year-old Halifax woman. The other suspect took off on foot before jumping into Lake William. The man swam toward the middle of the lake, where he began to struggle and asked for help. Officers located a paddle boat nearby and rescued the man.

Johnathan Lee Boudreau, 39, from Cheverie, has been charged with:

  • Dangerous Operation;
  • Flight from Peace Officer;
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime;
  • Operation while Impaired;
  • Failure to Comply with Order (four counts);
  • Operating Motor Vehicle without Valid Driver’s Licence (Motor Vehicle Act);
  • Driving Motor Vehicle without Motor Vehicle Liability Police (Motor Vehicle Act);
  • Operating Unregistered Vehicle (Motor Vehicle Act).

Boudreau was held in custody and appeared in Dartmouth Provincial Court yesterday. He was remanded into custody and will be back in Court on April 4, at 9:30 a.m.

The woman was later released without charges.


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