Hamilton teens charged after police cruiser hit in alleged Niagara Falls joy-ride

Niagara Regional Police patrol car. Don Mitchell / Global News

Four teens from Hamilton were arrested and charged for an alleged joy-ride in Niagara Falls late Tuesday night after a stolen SUV smashed into a police cruiser.

Investigators say the vehicle was spotted by and then boxed in by police near Victoria Avenue near Morrison Street following a report about the missing Ford Explorer.

“The driver attempted to flee and rammed a cruiser,” Niagara Regional Police said in a release on Wednesday.

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“In a further attempt to flee the driver also mounted a curb and knocked over a cement garbage can.”

Two 17-year-old boys, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were arrested and charged.

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All face a charge for the theft of the SUV while the 16-year-old is facing additional charges of dangerous driving and failing to comply with a probation order.

Detectives say there were no serious injuries and that damage to a pair of vehicles is estimated at around $5,000.


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