Man Faces List of Charges After Ramming Police Car #nltraffic

22-year-old Anthony Whelan is facing a list of charges after a vehicle stop in Grand Falls-Windsor.

On the evening of May 6, 2018, Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP conducted a vehicle stop in the area of Lincoln Road. The suspect vehicle was operating in a manner consistent with that of someone who was operating a vehicle while impaired.

After interacting with police and being advised he was being detained, the male driver rammed the police vehicle and fled at a high rate of speed.

He was later arrested by police. He has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, flight (fleeing from police), failing to remain at the scene of an accident and two counts of assault with a weapon.

Whelan appeared in court on May 7, 2018 and was released on strict conditions. He is scheduled to make another court appearance on June 13, 2018.

According to RCMP Staff Sergent Pat Dornan, “The driver’s actions placed the lives of officers, himself and the public at risk. For the most part, the penalties for offences relating to running from police far exceed any sentence or fine that the driver was being stopped for. This situation had the potential to pose great risk to the public if not for the actions of our police officers who responded.”