The major crimes division of the Sûreté du Québec is investigating after a man who fled in a Lévis police department vehicle was arrested and then briefly fled again in an SQ police car.
According to the SQ, around 12:30 p.m. Monday, Lévis police asked for assistance to help find their vehicle, which was stolen after an intervention in the St-Rédempteur sector tied to a “disorganized” man.
The vehicle was found on Highway 73 southbound near St-Lambert-de-Lauzon, 15 kilometres south, and police deployed a spike strip near St-Georges-de-Beauce, 65 kilometres further down the highway. It didn’t work, and the man hit a concrete divider before continuing to flee.
Another spike strip was deployed and the vehicle finally stopped near St-Simon-les-Mines around 1:30 p.m. The SQ said the man “resisted arrest, assaulted a police officer and succeeded, for a short time, in commandeering an SQ patrol vehicle.”
The man, in his 30s, was arrested near Principale St. and Route Petite-Pierrette in St-Simon-les-Mines, then brought to a hospital. The SQ says two police officers were injured in the operation, but the injuries are not considered life-threatening.