Manure-filled hot tub leads to Quebec man's arrest

Two women were hit by a car on the side of Highway 329 in the Laurentians Thursday evening.

A man from Quebec’s Lanaudière region is facing charges after he allegedly filled his estranged wife's hot tub with manure after being served with divorce papers.

On Tuesday morning, Quebec provincial police were called to a house in the small town of Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie, located about an hour and a half north of Montreal, after receiving a mischief complaint.

“On site, the officers saw a man with a tractor placing manure in the spa, or the hot tub, of his ex-wife and [at] the front door,” said Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau.

The man allegedly refused to stop when ordered to by police and then tried to take off on the tractor.

Police soon caught up with him.

“He was arrested within minutes,” Bilodeau said.

“One police officer was injured, but from what I heard it was only minor injuries.”

According to the local newspaper Journal de Joliette, the suspect is a retired police officer and had just received notice that his estranged wife had started divorce proceedings. The newspaper also reported that the accused had to be subdued with pepper spray.

A 64-year-old man faces four charges, including hit and run and assaulting a police officer.

He appeared in court in Joliette and has been released pending his next court date.

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