September 30, 2014 1:08 pm
Updated: September 30, 2014 2:28 pm

Speeding vehicle slams into construction site, driver facing charges

Wrecked minivan is hauled away after Ellice Ave. crash Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rudi Pawlychyn/Global News

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 narrowly miss a police cruiser Monday night at about 10:45 p.m. as it sped south on Balmoral Street between Cumberland Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue.

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Police cars gave chase but aborted the pursuit for safety reasons. The police helicopter, Air 1, kept an eye on the minivan, which continued “at a high rate of speed” on Ellice Avenue. It struck a car stopped at a red light, but no one was hurt.

The speeding minivan narrowly avoided a head-on collision, police said, 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 said, but it wasn’t stolen.

A 48-year-old man is facing charges. Alcohol may be a factor in the incident, police said.

The police helicopter recorded video of the incident, but police said they are unable to release it publicly as it may be used as evidence in court.

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