Driver slams into pedestrian in Mile End, then flees to Laval in stolen taxi

An 18-year-old man is in  custody after police say he struck a pedestrian while driving in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood, then stole a taxi to flee the scene.  

The suspect was eventually tracked down in Laval.

The hit and run happened at around 2:15 a.m. near the corner of Bernard Avenue and St-Laurent Boulevard, said Montreal police Const. Jean-Pierre Brabant.

A car was heading north on St-Laurent when it struck a pedestrian trying to get into another car, then bashed into a lamp post. 

Brabant said the driver of that car then took off in a taxi that had stopped to help the pedestrian. 

The suspect is meeting with investigators and was given a breathalyzer test. 

The pedestrian, a 28-year-old man, wasn't seriously hurt, Brabant said. 

The area was reopened to traffic at around 7 a.m. Sunday.