Man charged with attempted murder following police chase

(West Grey Police Services photo)

A 43-year-old Ferndale man is facing several charges, including attempted murder after he allegedly “drove directly at” a West Grey officer during a police chase.

A man went to the Hanover and West Grey police stations on Friday and uttered death threats toward officers, according to West Grey police.

He reportedly took off in a vehicle and allegedly tried to “run police vehicles off the road” during a pursuit, which was eventually called off because of safety concerns.

Officers later located the suspect in Hanover and set up a tire deflation device to try and stop the vehicle.

It’s alleged the suspect drove directly at a police officer who was on the roadway but the vehicle instead crashed into a West Grey police cruiser after it struck the deflation device. Police said the collision caused extensive damage to the cruiser.

A 43-year-old Ferndale man was arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon, dangerous driving, two counts of uttering threats, and two counts of flight from peace officer. The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact West Grey police at (519) 369-3046.