The action for Sarnia Police began just after 8 a.m. Sunday when an officer on routine patrol spotted a car reported stolen near Devine and Vidal Street.
When the officer used his emergency lights to stop the vehicle, the driver, a 36-year-old Sarnia man wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, kept going.
He was eventually spotted by a second officer, the vehicle having travelled to Lasalle Line at Tashmoo Avenue. Eventually the driver lost control of the vehicle and all three of the occupants—including two passengers and the driver—fled the vehicle.
Police say an officer chased the driver into a nearby wooded area and was confronted by the man, who was brandishing a 12-inch knife. When the driver refused to drop the knife, the officer used his “Conducted Energy Weapon” (Taser) and was able to take the man into custody.
The driver faces charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, driving while disqualified, resisting a police officer, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, two counts of breach of bail and five counts of breaching probation. He was held for a bail hearing.
The 22-year-old Sarnia female passenger was located nearby and charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000.
Another passenger, a 26-year-old from Sarnia, was located at about 10:30 a.m. in Corunna by the Ontario Provincial Police. He has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5000, driving while disqualified and two counts of breaching his probation. He was held for a bail hearing.