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Judge orders 30-day assessment for alleged driver in Highway 101 incident


Crews work on repairing an Irving gas station at the intersection of Sackville Dr. and Beaver Bank Rd. in Lower Sackville on Friday, Feb. 1. 38-year-old David Raymond Farrell of Windsor is facing multiple charges after he stole a truck and crashed it into the store after being pursued by police. He has been ordeder to undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment.
Crews work on repairing an Irving gas station at the intersection of Sackville Dr. and Beaver Bank Rd. in Lower Sackville on Friday, Feb. 1. 38-year-old David Raymond Farrell of Windsor is facing multiple charges after he stole a truck and crashed it into the store after being pursued by police. He has been ordeder to undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment. - Ryan Taplin

A Windsor man arrested after a scary incident on Highway 101 last month that ended with a stolen truck crashing into a Lower Sackville gas station has been ordered to undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment.

David Raymond Farrell, 38, faces 18 charges from the incident, including assaulting a police officer with a weapon, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and property mischief.

Farrell appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Thursday. Judge Dan MacRury remanded him to the East Coast Forensic Hospital for an assessment of his mental fitness and criminal responsibility.

The judge ordered Farrell to return to court March 8.

Police received multiple 911 calls just before 5 p.m. Jan. 31 about a car driving the wrong way on Highway 101 near Ellershouse, forcing cars off the road.

The car, a black Jaguar, eventually hit an oncoming SUV and was no longer drivable.

The suspect, armed with a machete, forcibly stole a Dodge truck that was stopped on the side of the highway. He then continued to drive the wrong way toward Lower Sackville.

As RCMP pursued the vehicle, the driver drove directly into the path of responding officers and didn’t stop. The suspect took Exit 2 onto the Beaverbank Connector at a high speed and crashed into a store at the Irving gas station on Sackville Drive.

Two people inside the store were injured and were taken to hospital by ambulance. The driver was uninjured, police said.

Farrell is charged with two counts each of dangerous driving, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing bodily harm and assaulting a police officer with a weapon and three counts of property mischief.

He also faces single counts of assault with a weapon, uttering threats, robbery with violence, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, fleeing from police in a motor vehicle, property mischief that endangered life and property mischief causing more than $5,000 in damage.

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