August 14, 2019 9:53 am
Updated: August 14, 2019 4:14 pm

Driver hits cruiser, hops curb while trying to flee from officers: Hamilton police

Hamilton police have charged a man with several offences after he allegedly tried to evade officers Tuesday evening.

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A 33-year-old man is facing several charges after he allegedly hit a police car and hopped a downtown curb while trying to escape officers, police say.

According to Hamilton police, officers were investigating a “suspicious vehicle” in the area of Barton Street East and Smith Avenue at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say a man kept exiting and entering a parked blue Ford Fusion to talk with people who officers believed were loitering in the area.

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After running the car’s licence plate, officers reportedly learned it was not authorized for the vehicle.

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When officers approached the driver, police say he attempted to flee, allegedly hitting a police cruiser and mounting a sidewalk as he attempted to drive away.

The driver was arrested at the scene, and a search of the vehicle reportedly turned up a dagger and a fillet knife.

Investigators also say the suspect is a disqualified driver with several prohibitions.

The man, of no fixed address, is facing multiple charges, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified, disobeying court orders and possession of dangerous weapons.

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