WINNIPEG – A driver was taken to hospital in critical condition Monday and is facing charges after crashing his vehicle at high speed into a construction site.
Officers saw the Dodge Caravan speed by and narrowly miss a police cruiser Monday night at about 10:45 south on Balmoral Street between Cumberland Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue.
Police cars gave chase but aborted the pursuit for safety reasons. The police helicopter, Air 1, kept an eye on the minivan that continued “at a high rate of speed” on Ellice Avenue. It struck a car stopped at a red light, but no one was hurt.
Police say the speeding minivan narrowly avoided a head-on collision, and eventually slammed into construction equipment on Ellice near Empress Street. The minivan was all but destroyed, and the driver taken to hospital in critical condition.
The vehicle didn’t belong to the suspect, police say, but it wasn’t stolen.
A 48 year old man is facing charges. Police say alcohol may be a factor in the incident.
Police noted that their helicopter recorded video of the incident but say they are unable to release it publicly as it may be used as evidence in court.
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