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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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