One person was arrested in Hudson last weekend after fleeing authorities at a Canadian border crossing. Police say the incident that began in Ontario at 8:40 p.m. on July 7, ended with a foot chase in Hudson when a man driving a black BMW refused to stop for border inspection agents who had informed the driver they wanted to search his vehicle. Instead of pulling over for the inspection, the driver took off, heading for the Quebec border. SQ police, who had been alerted by Ontario Provincial Police officers, caught up with the fleeing vehicle along Hwy. 20 in Vaudreuil-Dorion. But when they tried to pull him over the driver again took off, this time toward Hudson, where he quickly abandoned his car near the Hudson/Oka ferry and ran away on foot into a wooded area. A police canine search team was brought in to search the woods near the ferry loading point. The suspect was soon located and arrested.
Police seized contraband cigarettes from the vehicle. The driver, who police say has a lengthy criminal record, was detained until he could go before a judge to face charges including dangerous driving, fleeing from authorities, obstruction of police officer, and breach of conditions.
Let police do the work
A well-intended driver found out the hard way that it’s best to let police deal with potentially dangerous members of society. A man who had witnessed another man driving dangerously - weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds - along avenue Saint-Charles, in Vaudreuil-Dorion decided to catch up with the reckless driver in order to tell him to calm down. But when the Good Samaritan did just that, the dangerous driver promptly took out a gun and pointed it at the do-gooder.
Police, who were called, were able to catch up with the gun-wielding reckless driver a few moments later. The gun he had waved turned out to be an air gun that resembled a real firearm. The hothead was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and let go on a promise to appear in court.
Police remind motorists to always report suspicious behaviour rather than trying to take the law into their own hands.
Lock your car doors
Unattended vehicles across the region are being targeted by thieves with too much time on their hands. An SQ police report indicates no less than eight thefts from cars took place during the past week, two in Pincourt, four in Rigaud, three of which were committed at the Arbraska tree climbing adventure parking lot and two others in Saint-Polycarpe. Items stolen from the cars included money, GPS units, credit cards, an iPod and an iPhone, a digital camera, tools, sunglasses, shoes and a wallet.
And police say two separate thefts of outboard boat motors took place in Rigaud during the past week, while someone made off with two new doors from a home in Saint-Zotique that was under construction.