Car chase ends in dra­matic crash

Owner of stolen truck and trailer was pur­su­ing thief on Queen Street ‘try­ing to stop it’

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MATTHEW VAN DONGEN mvan­don­gen@thes­pec.com 905-526-3241 | @Mat­tatthes­pec

A dra­matic car chase that left a car wedged un­der a pickup, and a trail of dam­age along Queen Street, started with a stolen truck on the Moun­tain — and an irate owner who de­cided to give chase.

Sgt. Daryl Reid said Hamil­ton po­lice re­ceived re­ports of a stolen pickup truck from the area of Garth Street and Sana­to­rium Road on the west Moun­tain early Satur­day af­ter­noon.

But po­lice ended up re­spond­ing to sev­eral re­ports of “road rage” be­tween two ve­hi­cles that ended in a three-car pileup down the hill near Queen Street South at Herkimer Street. Res­cue crews ar­rived to find spec­ta­tors crowded around a grey sedan crushed un­der­neath a tee­ter­ing black pickup truck, with yet an­other car tan­gled in be­hind.

“It ap­pears the owner of the truck was pur­su­ing, try­ing to stop it,” said Reid.

“Luck­ily no one was in­jured, but all you have to do is look at the scene to know it could have been a very dif­fer­ent out­come. … A num­ber of pedes­tri­ans were close to be­ing caught in the cross­fire.”

Sean McNally was stand­ing out­side his house at the base of the Beck­ett Drive when the pickup truck “flew by and nearly took me out.”

“I was stand­ing right there,” said McNally, point­ing be­side a spot on the side­walk where tire tracks were vis­i­ble both on the con­crete as well as across part of the ad­ja­cent lawn.

“He was all over the road with the trailer swing­ing all over the place … the (owner) was right be­hind him.”

The truck and trailer, which was car­ry­ing lawn mow­ers and other land­scap­ing equip­ment, veered on and off the side­walk, tak­ing out a bus stop pole at the cor­ner of Aberdeen Av­enue and later a light stan­dard on Queen Street South.

Po­lice said the thief and his pur­suer then col­lided, crossed into the south­bound lane and hit an­other car that was not in­volved in the chase.

No one was in­jured, but the pur­su­ing car — which the irate truck owner had bor­rowed from a friend, ac­cord­ing to po­lice — was badly crushed.

The al­leged thief, an uniden­ti­fied male, fled the scene on foot.

Po­lice said Satur­day evening the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues into both the theft and col­li­sion and it’s too soon to say if any charges will be laid re­lated to the chase and crash.

Any wit­nesses with in­for­ma­tion about the chase or iden­tity of the al­leged truck thief are asked to call po­lice at 905-546-4725. You can also anony­mously call Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477.

Reid rec­om­mended against do-ity­our­self ef­forts to re­claim a stolen ve­hi­cle.

“We would al­ways ad­vise to call 911; let po­lice do their job. You’re po­ten­tially en­dan­ger­ing the life of oth­ers in the com­mu­nity if you try to do it your­self.”

JOHN RENNISON, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

The scene at Queen Street South at Herkimer af­ter a stolen pickup truck haul­ing a trailer of land­scap­ing equip­ment was pur­sued down a Moun­tain ac­cess.

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