“Demolition derby” damages 8 London police cruisers, leads to charges
A man and woman are in police custody after an overnight incident in west London that involved multiple cruisers being damaged.
Officers were called to a parking lot on Cherryhill Boulevard at around 1 a.m. Wednesday in relation to a man allegedly breaking into vehicles.
When police arrived, the suspect was seen driving away from the lot in a car.
The officer stopped the vehicle and approached the driver. While trying to speak to the driver, the vehicle sped away.
Checks revealed the car had incorrect plates on it, and police sent out a description of the car to other officers in the area.
Another officer spotted the suspect vehicle in the area of Wharncliffe Road North and Western Road, and an attempt was made to stop the vehicle.
The suspect driver did not stop. The vehicle reversed on Trott Drive into a police cruiser and continued to flee from police.
The vehicle was followed to the area of Riverside Drive and Wonderland Road where officers tried to prevent its escape. The vehicle hit multiple police cruisers at this location in its attempt to flee.
A witness who captured video footage of the incident described what happened as a “demolition derby” in which a driver was “smashing back and forth off cars.” The witness said the situation began in the area of Wonderland and Riverside, and at one point saw a suspect on foot.
Officers were eventually able to stop the car at Springbank Drive by boxing it in. The two occupants were arrested.
Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that the plates on the vehicle, along with a second set inside, were stolen.
The estimated damages to eight police cruisers are approximately $16,300.
As a result of the investigation, a 24-year-old London man has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight while pursued by peace officer, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, resisting arrest, and failing to comply with recognizance.
A 20-year-old woman from Wallaceburg, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime under $5000.
Both accused are expected to appear in London court Wednesday in relation to the charges.
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