A 41-year-old man was taken to a hospital after trying to flee the police by car and thereafter by diving into the water near 72nd Avenue in Saint-Zotique on Sunday, November 22nd .
The event began when police officers from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal contacted police officers from the Sûreté du Québec to indicate that a vehicle reported stolen in Mascouche had been sighted on Highway 20 heading west. In no time, the patrollers tracked the vehicle in L’Île-Perrot. However, the driver refused to stop and a police chase began. The police were eventually able to locate the truck in Saint-Zotique and saw a man trying to quickly get away from the vehicle.
Seeing he had no options, the fugitive, a resident of Alberta, jumped into the water in order to hide from the police. Soon firefighters and paramedics were called in to assist the individual.
Firefighters managed to pull the man out of the water. In the presence of the police, the individual was taken care of by paramedics and transferred to a hospital to receive treatment related to his medical condition. The man was finally quickly discharged from the hospital and was turned over to Sûreté du Québec investigators.
Claude Denis, spokesperson for the SQ, explains that the individual could face several charges. “He could be charged with flight, obstruction, dangerous driving, vehicle theft and driving on a ban”, said Claude Denis.