Four police officers suffered non-life threatening injuries during a lengthy pursuit for two fleeing suspects in Elgin County on Friday, Middlesex OPP said.
Police observed a stolen white pickup truck on Southdel Bourne around 6:00 p.m. Friday.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the pickup did not stop for police. The vehicle continued driving erratically and exited Highway 401 in the Shedden area, police said.
Officals stated that the two suspects abandoned the white pickup truck, broke into a residence and stole keys for a blue pickup truck.
Police located the blue pickup truck travelling on Talbot Line.
The stolen vehicle collided with two police vehicles on Mill Road, police said. The blue pickup turned onto Longhurst Line, and collided with two additional police vehicles.
The suspects abandoned the vehicle on Longhurst Line and flagged down a passing motorist.
Police reported that the suspects assaulted the two occupants in an effort to steal the vehicle. The driver and passenger were not injured, and were able to flee in their vehicle.
Elgin and Middlesex County OPP, the OPP West Region Highway Safety Division, the Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation Police, and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Police, apprehended the two males attempting to hide in a ditch, police said.
The four officers in the police vehicles that the suspects collided with were transported to hospital and were subsequently discharged with non-life threatening injuries.
The four police vehicles sustained significant damage and had to be towed from the scene, police said.
Officials stated that the investigation is in its early stages. The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators have been called in to assist with the investigation.
Longhurst Line from John Wise Line to Mill Road, and Mill Road from Stafford Line to Third Line, was closed overnight.
According to police, two long guns were recovered in the stolen white pickup truck.
Weapons charges and numerous other criminal charges are pending against the accused persons:
- a 26-year-old male from Haldimand County, Ontario
- a 15-year-old male, who cannot be identified as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Police stated that further information will be provided when it becomes available.