Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect described as a brown male in his mid-50s who crashed a vehicle into a York Regional Police cruiser on Tuesday evening, narrowly missing two police officers, before fleeing the scene. Officers later discovered that the vehicle the suspect was driving had been stolen during a prior theft that took place early this month in the Vaughn area.
The driver appeared to be asleep behind the wheel of the vehicle when patrolling officers spotted him. The stolen truck was parked at a local restaurant located near Yonge Street And Dawson Manor Boulevard. The officers had merely been checking to see if the driver was alright, when the driver suddenly put the truck in drive, slammed on the gas, hitting the police cruiser while fleeing the scene.
In a dashcam video which captured the situation, the two officers can be seen calmly approaching the vehicle before one of the officers opens the driver side door and begins talking to the suspect.
It is unclear what the exchange was between the two as video's audio is poor, but the cop and the suspect talk for about a minute before the officers step back to debrief. The driver appears to take this as his chance to escape, speeding off immediately after.
CRUISER RAMMING - We need your help to ID this suspect and locate what turned out to be a stolen vehicle. Watch as he flees, hitting one of our cruisers yesterday evening in Newmarket. 2019 grey Honda Ridgeline plate:AC90002. Click here for more info --> https://t.co/FCDGql9lTm pic.twitter.com/K1fgzyaNma— York Regional Police (@YRP) February 20, 2019
The stolen truck a grey 2019 Honda Ridgeline Grey with the license plate number AC90002 was last spotted travelling at high speeds south on Yonge Street. If you have any information regarding this case, we ask that you contact the following York Regional Police #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7141, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.