Suspect arrested after ramming cruisers in Fergus

(photo supplied by Wellington County OPP)

A man from Fergus is facing nine charges following his arrest Monday that saw three OPP cruisers damaged in the process.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a fail-to-remain collision involving an SUV and a transport truck at the intersection of Wellington Road 18 and Wellington Road 29.

About 30 minutes later, the same SUV was involved in a gas drive-off from a business on Tower Street in Fergus. Police viewed the video footage and were able to confirm the identity of the driver. Police also confirmed that the vehicle had been taken without the owner’s consent.

Officers discovered the suspect was being tracked through an ankle monitoring system and were able to find the suspect in a vehicle at a residence on Peglar Crescent in Fergus.

Police attempted to block the vehicle with their cruisers, but the driver accelerated forward and rammed the cruisers in an attempt to flee.

Officers were able to stop the vehicle and the suspect was taken into custody. Police searched the vehicle and seized a large quantity of methamphetamine and cash.

A 29-year-old Fergus man faces charges that include taking a motor vehicle without consent, theft under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop after an accident, and possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking.

One officer was transported to hospital with minor injuries and later released.