A 46-year-old Ottawa man is accused of stealing a vehicle, driving while drunk, and running away from police.
Gatineau police noticed a vehicle stopped along Maisonneuve Boulevard around 2:30 a.m., Monday, with its engine running and front driver's side window open, despite the cold weather.
Officers got out of their vehicle to meet the driver and found that he was showing signs of intoxication.
The man refused to identify himself, so police opened the door and ordered the driver out. The driver then put the vehicle into drive and stepped on the gas.
Police went after the suspicious vehicle, which ended up in a ditch near the access ramp for highways 5 and 50, at the intersection of Sacré-Coeur Boulevard.
Officers then caught up with the driver as he attempted to flee the scene by walking along Highway 5.
The man was taken to the police station to take a breathalyzer test and to be interviewed by investigators.
The investigation showed that the vehicle which the suspect had been driving was stolen from Ottawa.
The man will appear before the Court of Quebec, Monday, facing charges of:
- Impaired driving
- Driving with more than 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood
- Flight from police
- Dangerous driving
All charges will be filed with the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions.