The DRPS has shared some wild footage of the circumstances that led to a police chase in Pickering over the weekend.
Officer responded to the intersection of Altona Road and Finch Avenue around 2:40 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 16) after almost 100 vehicles and pedestrians allegedly shut down the intersection and started spinning their tires and filming the event on their cellphones.
While police say numerous officers responded to the area which resulted in most of the vehicles dispersing, two of the vehicles fled northbound on Altona Road at high rates of speed.
“Police located and attempted to stop one vehicle but discontinued due to safety concerns. Air1 followed one of the vehicles described as a grey BMW towards Highway 401. The suspect vehicle entered the highway where it travelled eastbound at speeds reaching 173 km/h,” a media release on the incident reads.
“Air1 continued to follow the suspect vehicle into Toronto. The suspect vehicle was located at a gas station in the area of Morningside Road and Sheppard Avenue in Scarborough. Police cruisers boxed the vehicle in but the suspect vehicle rammed one of the vehicles in attempts to escape. The driver and passengers were arrested. The vehicle was seized.”
Tony Chau, 24, of Rembrandt Drive in Markham was charged with fail to stop for police; dangerous operation of a motor vehicle; fail to comply with recognizance and race a motor vehicle. He was held for a bail hearing. The passengers were released unconditionally.