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Woman charged following February car chase that damaged police vehicles

Oakville woman charged with dangerous driving and flight from police causing bodily harm
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An officer inspects damage following a collision on College Avenue in February. An Oakville woman has now been charged. GuelphToday file photo

An Oakville woman has now been charged in an incident last month that saw a Land Rover collide with several police vehicles on College Avenue.

On Feb. 18, Guelph Police were called to the area of College Avenue and Hanlon Parkway. The investigation lead to a pursuit, which ended with police vehicles being damaged. At the time, there were no charges as there were several factors to consider in the investigation.

"The investigation has now concluded with an individual being arrested and charged," said a news release from Guelph Police.

A 53-year-old Oakville woman is charged with dangerous driving and flight from police causing bodily harm.

This incident resulted in significant damage to police vehicles and minor injuries.

Police responded to the call at 4:50 p.m. on Feb. 18 asking them to check on the well being of a person, Guelph Police Sgt. Dave Caron said on scene that day.

Caron said they located the female driving a Land Rover on College Avenue near Gordon Street. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, said Caron, with speeds during the chase along College reaching about 65 km/h.

The vehicle was finally stopped on College Avenue heading westbound just prior to the entrance to the Hanlon Expressway.

“Officers attempted to get that person out of the vehicle. The vehicle then tried fleeing the scene,” said Caron.

One cruiser was pushed into the intersection as the fleeing vehicle attempted a U-turn, said Caron, hitting a second cruiser head on in the eastbound lane.

As a result of the collisions, the woman and one police officer were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police declined further comment on the case in the following days due to the complex nature of the investigation.




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