Canadian police arrest truck driver after chase

AP News
Posted: Oct 31, 2011 2:49 PM
Canadian police arrest truck driver after chase

Police arrested a man Monday driving a stolen tractor-trailer who was pursued for several hours by at least 15 police cars on highways in southern Ontario before the truck pulled over to the side of the road.

A news helicopter followed the action, which was being broadcast live in Canada.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dave Woodford said Monday the man eventually pulled the truck over voluntarily on the Queen Elizabeth Highway and police arrested him. He said he didn't believe the driver ran out of gas.

Woodford said the truck was reported stolen at about 4 a.m. and that an officer first spotted the truck at 8 a.m. Police trailed the man for about five hours. The truck had been refueled before it was stolen.

A news helicopter had to refuel and missed it when the man was pulled over and arrested. An Ontario Ministry Transportation highway camera also cut out just as the man pulled over.

Traffic was backed up after the arrest.

Ontario Provincial Police Inspector Dave Ross said earlier the truck was heading toward the U.S. border but turned around in Niagara Falls and headed back toward Toronto. He said police had been trailing the trailer for several hours.

At least 15 marked and unmarked police cruisers and a police helicopter followed the truck on the highway.