Suspect arrested after stealing two cop cars while fleeing police in Quebec

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QUEBEC — A suspect has been arrested after allegedly stealing a police cruiser in the Quebec City area — but not before authorities say he briefly stole a second police vehicle during his getaway attempt.

Quebec provincial police say they received a call from Levis police at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday, asking for help to locate one of the force's vehicles that had been stolen during an operation.

Police located the suspect driving down the highway and tried to use a spike strip to puncture the car's tires.

After the driver avoided the initial device, swerving into a concrete barrier, additional spike strips eventually brought the car to a halt about an hour after the incident began.

At that point, police say the suspect resisted arrest, assaulted an officer and briefly seized control of a second police vehicle, this one belonging to provincial police.

The suspect, a man in his 30s, was stopped shortly afterwards and taken to hospital for evaluation, while two officers who were hurt during the operation were treated for non life-threatening injuries.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2021

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