Guelph police cruiser rammed, suspects on the loose
UPDATE : Friday, January 19th 2018.
Guelph Police have confirmed the arrest of two suspects in connection to the investigation reported below.
Police say the vehicle used in the ramming incident was recovered on Sunday Jan 14. and further investigation led to the arrest of 25 year old Kyle Benoit of Guelph- who was the suspected passenger at the time of the incident- a few days later on Jan 16. He faces a slew of charges including possession of stolen property, being the occupant of a stolen vehicle and for breaching a condition on his Order of Recognizance. He was held for a bail hearing.
The alleged driver of the vehicle – 31 year old Jason Fernandes was arrested on Thursday, Jan 18. He is also facing charges of possession of stolen property, flight from police, dangerous driving and two counts of breaching his probation order. He was also held for a bail hearing.
Police said an off-duty officer was shopping at a department store at around 10:30 a.m. and noticed two men were acting suspiciously.
The officer called for police to assist while the two men got into a Kia that may have been recently stolen. As the car was leaving the parking lot, two cruisers tried to pull it over.
The driver of the Kia suddenly accelerated and rammed one of the cruisers, police said in a news release on Thursday.
The Kia fled the scene and police did not pursue for public safety reasons. The car was last seen on Nicklin Drive and is described as two-tone, black car with a red roof and front-end damage.
There were no injuries to the officers and damage to the cruiser is estimated to be about $2,000.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-824-1212 ext. 7228.
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