On July 22, 2020, at approximately 2:05 pm, New York resident Harpreet Singh sped across the border into Canada without stopping for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers.
A news release by Niagara Regional Police Service states that further information was received that the Niagara Falls Police Department (New York) had made attempts to initiate a traffic stop on a Ford Explorer bearing a Florida licence plate, that was driving in an erratic manner. The Ford failed to stop, and proceeded unlawfully through the Canadian Border, failing to stop for CBSA officers.
The vehicle continued to drive erratically in the City of Niagara Falls. 2 District (Niagara Falls) uniform officers, were able to locate the vehicle in the area of Second Avenue and Kitchener Street. The suspect made attempts to evade police, which resulted in a collision with a marked police cruiser. Officers attempted to arrest the driver of the Ford. During the arrest, an officer was assaulted and was forced to use a conducted energy weapon (Taser). One officer received minor injuries during the course of the arrest.
The driver was transported to a local hospital to be assessed. During the transport to the hospital the male damaged the police cruiser by kicking at the window cage. While at the hospital a nurse was bitten by the male, causing minor injuries.
Singh faces the following charges:
Operation while impaired – drugs
Flight from police officer
Assault peace officer with intent to resist arrest
Mischief under $5000
Possession of a controlled substance
Damage to the cruiser involved in the collision is estimated at $7000 and damage to the cruiser where the window cage was damaged is estimated at $1000.
Source: Niagara Regional Police Service | File Photo