‘Ottawa’ After Cruiser Stolen, Police Seeking Man Who Borrowed Suspect Vehicle
Having released the man they arrested after a police cruiser was stolen and used as a getaway car, Ottawa police are now honing in on someone who may have borrowed his car.
After Sunday night’s wild police pursuit in Westboro, police initially arrested a 37-year-old man in Aylmer, Que. Though the force first said he was facing multiple charges, the man was later released without charges.
The Citizen has learned the arrested man’s wallet and ID were found by police in the car they first chased, prior to it being dumped by a suspect fleeing on foot.
But police do not believe that man, whose ID they found, is the one who robbed a convenience store, led officers on a pursuit by car, ditched the vehicle, ran on foot, then backtracked to steal the cruiser. The police car was later dumped near the corner of Lanark and Beechgrove avenues.
Police now believe the man they initially arrested had loaned his car out and that it was used by someone else.
Ottawa police said in a statement Monday they were still investigating just what happened after authorities responded to a break-in alarm Sunday night at a store on Richmond Road near Woodroffe Avenue.
After a brief vehicle chase, then a foot chase through Hintonburg park, police said, “a scuffle” broke out resulting in a single discharge of the officer’s firearm. Neither the suspect nor the officer were injured.