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Man steals excavator and causes extensive damage in Sainte-Thérèse: police

WATCH: A Sainte-Therese man is facing several charges after he allegedly stole a backhoe on Monday night and went on a rampage. As Global's Tim Sargeant explains, it seems the man managed to hit a car, a house and take down power lines before he was finally stopped by police.

A 50-year-old-man is expected to appear in court Tuesday after allegedly stealing an excavator and causing extensive damage in Sainte-Thérèse, northwest of Montreal.

The Régie Intermunicipale de Police Thérèse-De-Blainville said it received a call just before 9 p.m. Monday; a witness spotted the man stealing the heavy machinery.

WATCH: A 50-year-old-man was arrested after allegedly stealing an excavator and causing extensive damage in Sainte-Thérèse, northwest of Montreal.

Man steals excavator in Sainte-Thérèse: police
Man steals excavator in Sainte-Thérèse: police

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The man allegedly drove the excavator into the downtown core of Sainte-Thérèse, ripping out a fence, striking a car and crashing into a residence.

“I feel like crying for the people [in the building],” said Lise Roussel, an eye-witness to the incident.

“I’m pretty shaken up…. Everyone was yelling and screaming.”

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Officers say he also knocked down an electrical wire, which caused a small fire. The flames were quickly extinguished by firefighters.

Some of the damage after a man allegedly stole an excavator and tore through downtown Saint-Thérèse.
Some of the damage after a man allegedly stole an excavator and tore through downtown Saint-Thérèse. Tim Sargeant/Global News
Some of the damage after a man allegedly stole an excavator and tore through downtown Saint-Thérèse.
Some of the damage after a man allegedly stole an excavator and tore through downtown Saint-Thérèse. Tim Sargeant/Global News
Some of the damage after a man allegedly stole an excavator and tore through downtown Saint-Thérèse.
Some of the damage after a man allegedly stole an excavator and tore through downtown Saint-Thérèse. Tim Sargeant/Global News

A Thérèse-de-Blainville police spokesperson said the man was intoxicated. He was arrested and interrogated by officers and faces multiple charges including theft, mischief, dangerous driving and driving under the influence.

Two police officers suffered burn injuries from the fire and have since been treated. There were no other reported injuries.

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