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Suspect crashes into tree just after daytime carjacking in Ajax, police say

Durham Regional Police cars are seen in this file image. File / Global News

A suspect crashed into a tree just after a carjacking in Ajax, before attempting and failing to steal two other vehicles, police say.

Durham Regional Police said that on Saturday at around 2:55 p.m., officers responded to a stolen-vehicle-in-progress call at a parking lot in the Bayly Street West and Kitney Drive area of Ajax, which is near Harwood Avenue South.

Police said the victim returned to his vehicle after going to a local business when he was approached by a male suspect, who demanded that the victim get out.

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The suspect allegedly also gestured that he had a weapon.

The suspect then fled in the vehicle before crashing into a tree a short distance away, police said.

A driver stopped to offer help after seeing the crash, but the suspect then attempted to carjack them, police said.

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The attempt was unsuccessful and the suspect fled on foot, police said, before he allegedly attempted unsuccessfully to carjack a third person who had their car idling in a residential driveway.

Police had set up a perimeter and the suspect was arrested, officers said.

He was reported to have suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

A 20-year-old man from Toronto is facing 17 charges, including failing to comply with a release order.

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