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Fredericton man charged after suspect vehicle rams police cruiser, hits officer

A 21-year-old man from Fredericton is facing a slew of charges after police say a suspect vehicle rammed a cruiser in an attempt to flee from officers. . File/Global News

A 21-year-old man from Fredericton is facing a slew of charges after police say a suspect vehicle rammed a cruiser in an attempt to flee from officers.

Police were initially called just after 10 p.m. Wednesday to a gas station on Cliffe Street, on the city’s north side. There were reports of a “suspicious male sleeping in a running vehicle,” according to a news release.

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Officers tried to wake the driver and arrest him for outstanding issues, police said, when the suspect tried to flee and rammed a marked police vehicle “several times,” in addition to a security vehicle.

“Despite several clear commands to stop the vehicle, the suspect continued his attempts to flee, and struck an officer,” the release read.

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“Police were able to break a window to disable the vehicle and take the man into custody. A second officer sustained minor hand injuries during the arrest.”

The two officers’ injuries were not serious.

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According to the Fredericton Police Force, the vehicle was searched and some suspected crystal meth, drug paraphernalia and a knife were seized.

Justin Andrew Price was charged Thursday with:

  • operation of a conveyance while impaired
  • operation of a conveyance while prohibited
  • dangerous operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm
  • assault on a peace officer with a weapon x 3
  • mischief under $5,000 x 2
  • breach of probation
  • CDSA – possession of CDSA (schedule I) methamphetamine

Price has been remanded into custody until a future court date.

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