RCMP have laid 18 charges after a man wrote off a car, stole a truck and crashed into a gas station in Lower Sackville on Thursday.
Police received multiple 911 calls just before 5 p.m. about a car driving the wrong way on Highway 101 near Ellershouse, forcing cars off the road, police said in a news release.
The car, a black Jaguar, 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, said the release. He then continued to drive the wrong way, straddling the centre line, on Highway 101 toward Lower Sackville.
As RCMP pursued the vehicle, the driver drove directly into the path of responding officers and didn’t stop, said police. The suspect took Exit 2 onto the Beaverbank Connector at a high speed and crashed into the front of the Irving gas station on Sackville Drive.
Two people inside the gas station sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital by ambulance. The driver was uninjured.
A fundraising campaign was launched on Facebook to cover “medical expenses for the boy injured in car wreck — Lower Sackville.”
David Raymond Farrell, 38, of Windsor was arrested. He was expected to appear in Dartmouth provincial court Friday afternoon to face 18 charges, including two counts of assaulting a police officer with a weapon, two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and mischief over $5,000.
RCMP are asking anyone with videos or photos to contact their nearest detachment or Crime Stoppers.
The investigation is ongoing.