Windsor Man Charged After Hitting Police Cruiser

Friday May 18th, 2012

Posted at 6:55pm

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Thursday evening just after 8:30pm, a Windsor Police vehicle was travelling eastbound on Tecumseh Road East and was approaching Howard Avenue on its way to an “Assault in Progress” in the area of Tecumseh Road at Walker Road.

As the cruiser approached the intersection with its sirens and emergency lighting activated, the traffic light for Eastbound traffic was red.  Police say that the cruiser slowed at the intersection ensuring that traffic was clear prior to proceeding through the intersection, and that all traffic on Howard Avenue both northbound and southbound stopped to allow the police cruiser pass through the intersection.

According to witnesses, the driver of a Chrysler 300, which was northbound on Howard Avenue drove around the stopped traffic in front of him and attempted to get through the intersection as the traffic light turned amber and in the process, struck the cruiser on the passenger side.

The female officer sustained minor injuries and was transported to Hotel-Dieu Hospital where she was treated and released. The male driver of the Chrysler was not injured.

The driver of the Chrysler, a 60-year-old Windsor man has been charged with “Failing to Stop at the Nearest Edge of a Roadway for an Emergency Vehicle” contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

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