Wrong-way driver was fleeing police before crash: O.P.P.

CORNWALL – A New Brunswick man is facing 11 charges in connection to last week’s wrong-way head-on crash on Highway 401 near Cornwall.

Information released by SD&G O.P.P. also shows the suspect had already been stopped by a member of the O.P.P. Highway Safety Division when the rental truck took off, heading west in the eastbound lanes.

The officer who made the initial stop on Tuesday afternoon (March 27) was slightly injured by the fleeing vehicle.

The rental truck then collided head-on with a pickup truck on Highway 401 between Boundary Road and McConnell Avenue, where the commercial vehicle, again, fled the scene.

The truck and the driver were caught at a donut shop on Boundary Road.

Cary Carriere, 47, of Grand Falls, N.B. is charged with flight from police causing bodily harm, two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, obstructing a police officer, assaulting a police officer, failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm, impersonation with an attempt to avoid arrest and four breaches of court conditions, including having possession of a credit card.

He was held for a bail hearing in a Cornwall court.

The pickup truck driver was in hospital and was last reported to have serious non-life threatening injuries.