Man charged following dangerous rush hour pursuit

A man sits handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser after a dangerous high speed chase that...

A man sits handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser after a dangerous high speed chase that started in McKenzie Town on April 7, 2014. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

Shawn Logan, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

CALGARY -- The man accused in a dangerous rush hour pursuit will have his need for speed replaced with a need to plead.

A day after Calgary cops collared the driver of a stolen car that weaved through traffic, clipped other vehicles and drove at high speeds the wrong way down commuter clogged streets, several charges have been laid.

The chaotic chase ensued after police were called to investigate a shoplifting complaint at the McKenzie Towne Superstore, which quickly escalated into a scary tour through packed city streets that saw the suspect cross medians, drive over sidewalks and speed through playground zones.

After almost an hour, with the driver’s progress monitored from above by the CPS HAWCS helicopter while marked units hung back, the stolen Honda Accord — reported missing on April 4 — became ensnared in a chain link fence in the 2800 block of Memorial Dr. N.E.

A short foot pursuit led to the arrest of a man who was previously involved in at least one other dangerous police pursuit.


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