An Ontario man who remains in custody in New Brunswick to face a long list of charges appeared via video link in Woodstock provincial court Monday, April 25, to waive his scheduled bail hearing to a later date.
Ryan Jacob Robert Amaral, 33, of Elora, Ontario, represented by duty counsel Leah Toner, once again reserved his legal right to a bail hearing until entering his election and plea at 11:30 a.m. on May 3.
He previously agreed on March 28 to adjourn his bail hearing during a court appearance as he sought legal counsel.
Toner said her office just received Amaral's application for representation earlier Monday, adding she talked to Amaral to explain his legal options.
Amaral has remained in custody since the RCMP arrested him on March 16.
He faces 14 charges, including assaulting a police officer, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, committing mischief causing property damage to a police vehicle, assaulting another man with a weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon; possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, possession of stolen property, a Dodge Avenger, breach of probation, three counts of breach of a release order, possession of ammunition while prohibited, and driving while prohibited. The alleged weapon named in the charges was bear mace.
Police laid the charges after attempting to pull over a speeding pickup truck on March 16 on the Trans Canada Highway near Saint-André. The vehicle failed to stop and fled the scene, approaching speeds near 200 km per hour. A short distance away, the truck clipped another RCMP vehicle pulled over on the side of the highway, with officers attending to an unrelated motor vehicle collision, shearing off a side mirror. No one was injured.
As several RCMP detachments responded, police received multiple calls of incidents between Grand Falls and Perth Andover involving the same vehicle, including a hit and run, two attempted car thefts and an assault.
Police then received information that the driver had abandoned the pickup truck and stolen a car from a residence, attacking the owner before fleeing the scene in the vehicle.
Near Perth-Andover, police were able to stop the car for a brief moment. The driver is accused of attacking a police officer with mace before fleeing again. Shortly after, police made another attempt to intercept the car.
The driver collided with a police vehicle, narrowly missing a police officer while fleeing the scene. The car was finally intercepted and immobilized on Route 130 in Bairdsville around 5:45 p.m. A search of the vehicle on the scene led to the seizure of drug paraphernalia and what is believed to be crystal methamphetamine.
Two members of the public and a police officer were treated in hospital before being released. The driver of the speeding vehicle was also taken to the hospital and was taken into custody after being released from medical care.
— With files from Judy Cole-Underhill, River Valley Sun
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun