Officer hanging from car window Tasers suspect trying to drive off
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.”