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Accused of hitting RCMP officer arrested near Iron Bridge

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Published on January 09, 2015 with No Comments

A 19-year-old man from Falmouth, N.S., is facing new charges after a traffic stop and police chase in northern Ontario.

Cody Prudhomme is facing 12 charges arising from an incident that started when a gas station in the area reported a theft of gas. Prudhomme is also facing charges in Nova Scotia in which it’s alleged that he hit an RCMP officer with his pickup truck during a traffic stop last fall.

RCMP said at some point during the stop in Windsor, N.S.,  the driver reversed his truck and hit an officer —​ Const. Stephen Pinksen.Police say this was not an accident but also wasn’t an attempt to kill the officer. Pinksen sustained minor lower leg injuries.

RCMP in Nova Scotia say Prudhomme stole a jeep in Windsor, N.S. Then early Sunday morning in Oromocto, N.B., police say Prudhomme stole a second vehicle — also a Jeep —  from a gas station. The owner had apparently gone in to pay for gas when her vehicle was taken.Ontario Provincial Police were looking for a white Jeep Commander after a report of a theft of gas.They located and stopped the vehicle on Highway 17, near Iron Bridge in northern Ontario.OPP Sgt. Carolle Dionne informed media a passenger got out of the Jeep and while officers were talking to him, the vehicle took off. It was then police realized the jeep was the one reported stolen from Oromocto.”Other officers were dispatched and attempts to stop the vehicle failed, resulting in a pursuit through Highway 17,” Sgt. Dionne said.

Dionne said OPP closed the highway as a precaution and used a spike belt to stop the Jeep shortly after it fled the initial stop.”After ramming into police cruisers and damaging some of our cruisers, suspect fled from the vehicle into the bush,” Dionne said.”He was later captured, apprehended while he was hiding in a vehicle that was on a vacant seasonal property.”No one was injured in the chase or the arrest.

The new charges against Prudhomme include theft under $5,000, flight while being pursued by a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer, four counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and four counts of failing to comply with his release conditions from Nova Scotia. He’s being held in Ontario.






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