Beserk driver of stolen mustang charged with theft, dangerous driving
TORONTO – A 22-year-old man who was critically shot by police attempting to halt his wild rampage in a stolen vehicle at the end of May now faces numerous charges including robbery and dangerous driving.
The accused, Bernard Albert Durant of no fixed address, began his riotous drive around noon on Wednesday May 30, when he allegedly assaulted a man entering the Marland Variety convenience store, wrested his car keys and drove off in the victim’s red Mustang erratically doing donuts and driving the wrong direction down Park Road South, and through nearby residential areas, tearing over front lawns and hitting parked vehicles.
Durant rammed into police cruisers attempting to intercept him and box him in near Park Road South and Hillside Drive, but broke free and charged his vehicle at a nearby crossing guard, but was staved off by shots fired at the fleeing Mustang by a pursuing police officer.
The stolen Mustang continued its beserk drive west on Pacific Avenue. Police again shot at the vehicle to stop it before it reached an elementary school playground at the end of the road. They boxed in the stolen Mustang, which again began ramming into the cruisers in its effort to escape. More gun shots were fired at the Mustang, but a critically injured Durant again broke free until he was finally stopped minutes later.
Anyone with new information to this investigation should contact D/Cst. Deanna Hollister of the Central East Division Criminal Investigative Bureau 1-888-579-1520,ext. 2790 Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.