It was just before 10 am this morning when members of the Port Hope Police Service were called by members of the community to report an aggressive driver on Toronto Rd in Port Hope. While responding to the area to observe for the vehicle, officers located the vehicle after it had crashed into a pickup truck in the intersection of Rose Glen Rd and Ontario St. The impact of the collision sent both vehicles into the nearby ditch and median.
The driver of the pickup truck was transported to a local hospital but later transported by Ornge to a Toronto area trauma center. The driver of the sedan fled from the scene on foot across Highway 401 and into the service station just north of the 401 on CR-28. Reports at the time indicated that the individual who has yet to be identified attempted to ‘High-jack’ vehicles on the highway before making it to the service area.
Port Hope Police Inspector Katie Andrews explained “Officers located what appears to be a semi-automatic handgun and a machete in the involved sedan”.
It was at the service station that the male individual attempted to steal multiple vehicles in the Tim Hortons drive-thru, striking and destroying the window of an unsuspecting patron to the business. The car that followed exited the drive-thru at a speed before the individual could make any attempts. The man was successful however with a black dodge ram truck which he entered. It is unknown if the driver willingly allowed the man to enter or if he forced his way in. The vehicle was last seen at that point traveling eastbound on Telephone Rd away from the service center.
A time later, the vehicle sped past a marked OPP vehicle heading westbound back towards Port Hope. The speeds caught the OPP’s attention with prior knowledge of the events that had taken place earlier in Port Hope. Officers followed the vehicle until it exited at Wesleyville (Morrish Church) Rd where OPP initiated a pursuit. The vehicle led police northbound to CR-2 through Newtonville and Newcastle. At this point, neighboring OPP jurisdictions and Durham Regional Police Service joined to assist.
Members of the Whitby OPP had set up a spike belt in Newcastle which proved successful when the truck drove over it. Continuing westbound on Highway 2, the truck entered the 115 southbound. It was at this point police decided to perform a rolling block to stop the vehicle once and for all. While attempting the maneuver the truck entered the ditch and came to a stop after striking a Northumberland OPP Cruiser.
When OPP came to the aid of the occupants they located the male bleeding from the neck and another individual with stab wounds. Paramedics were immediately called. One person was airlifted from the scene by Ornge to a Toronto area hospital. The current condition of both individuals is unknown.
At this time, OPP has yet to comment on the events that have taken place today other than to expect the current closure of the 401 W/B ramp from the 115 to stay in place for some time, and suggest that the SIU has invoked their mandate.
OPP members trained in collision reconstruction are currently on scene in Port Hope investigating at the original crash location being held by Port Hope Police Service.