Of­fi­cer hang­ing from car win­dow Tasers sus­pect try­ing to drive off

Windsor Star - - CITY+REGION - DAL­SON CHEN dchen@post­media.com

A man sus­pected of theft and drugs got the busi­ness end of a Taser af­ter he al­legedly tried to drive off with a Wind­sor po­lice of­fi­cer hang­ing from the win­dow of the ve­hi­cle. The dra­matic in­ci­dent hap­pened at the in­ter­sec­tion of Howard Av­enue and Eu­ge­nie Street around 9 a.m. Thurs­day.

Pa­trol of­fi­cers no­ticed that the north­bound ve­hi­cle, a bur­gundy four-door sedan, had li­cence plates that didn’t match the car. Wind­sor po­lice said that when the of­fi­cers tried to stop the ve­hi­cle, it be­gan mov­ing er­rat­i­cally into on­com­ing traf­fic. Traf­fic at the in­ter­sec­tion was con­gested due to an un­re­lated col­li­sion, and the bur­gundy sedan was forced to brake.

A male pas­sen­ger fled the car at that time, but the male driver stayed in­side. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the of­fi­cers could see that the driver was try­ing to con­ceal or de­stroy sus­pected il­licit drugs by ingest­ing them. One of­fi­cer broke the driver side win­dow of the car and reached in to try to get con­trol of the sus­pect. Po­lice said the sus­pect con­tin­ued to re­sist. The ve­hi­cle lurched for­ward with the of­fi­cer’s arms still in­side.

It was at that point a Taser was used on the sus­pect. The driver was re­moved from the ve­hi­cle. Po­lice said he was still re­sist­ing as they put him in hand­cuffs.

Once the sus­pect was se­cured, of­fi­cers searched the car and found 0.2 grams of sus­pected metham­phetamine, 0.8 grams of sus­pected heroin and a quan­tity of stolen li­cence plates.

Scott Mont­gomery, 25, of Wind­sor, faces charges of dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, re­sist­ing ar­rest, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, two counts of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, and two counts of breach of re­cog­ni­zance.

The male pas­sen­ger who fled the ve­hi­cle was ar­rested on an out­stand­ing war­rant for an un­re­lated mat­ter.

“It was a pretty chaotic scene,” said Wind­sor po­lice spokesman Const. An­drew Drouil­lard, who com­mended the at­tend­ing of­fi­cers for do­ing their duty while keep­ing pub­lic safety in mind. Heather Owchar, a passerby who recorded the in­ci­dent on her cell­phone, said she feels the of­fi­cers did a good job han­dling a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.

“Wind­sor crime has got­ten worse this year,” Owchar lamented. “Too many peo­ple are get­ting away with their crimes and just be­ing re­peat of­fend­ers.”

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