Charges laid after stolen U-Haul hits police car

London police cruiser. (File photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

Two people are facing multiple charges after the alleged stolen U-Haul they were driving collided with three cars and injured two people.

On December 18, London Police responded to reports that a 24-foot U-Haul truck was stolen from a car rental business.

Two days later police were driving and noticed the stolen truck in the area of Wellington Road and Horton Street.

After officers tried to stop the truck, the driver allegedly fled. Moments later, after running a red light, the truck collided with another vehicle.

The U-Haul failed to stop after the collision and was spotted later in the day around Wonderland Road and Springbank Drive. Police once again attempted to stop the driver. During this time the U-Haul collided with the police cruiser before fleeing the scene.

While driving northbound on Wonderland Road, the truck was again seen going through a red light without stopping, which resulted in a third collision.

Shortly after, police were able to recover the stolen truck after the driver abandoned it in a parking lot in the north end of the city.

The damage is estimated to be around $30,000. One officer and a citizen both received minor injuries as a result of the collision.

Steven Morris, 32, of London is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, dangerous driving and flight from police and three charges of leaving the scene of an accident.

Trista Papple, 24, of no fixed address, is charged with possession of stolen property and failure to comply with recognizance contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.