A man charged following a police chase in which it’s alleged a police cruiser was sideswiped has been denied bail after being arrested on further charges.
Crown attorney Marnie Evans said a police car was sideswiped during a chase which reached 110 km/h before it was called off.
Evans outlined the following allegations during a bail hearing on Thursday. As such, the allegations haven’t been proven in court.
She said the chase began shortly after noon on Oct. 28 when police pulled over a 1992 Plymouth Acclaim on Cornell Bay.
The police officer noted that the car’s windshield was smashed, its hood was tied down with straps and the front grill and a headlight were missing.
As a result, the officer deemed the car unroadworthy and told the man who’d been driving it that it would be towed.
The driver swore as he stepped on the gas. He drove over a curb, through a ditch and along a walking/bike path beside First Street as he sped off.
The ensuing police pursuit led south of the city, and officers in two other police cars had joined the chase by the time it reached Donogh Antiques beside Highway 10.
The fleeing driver drove around the building, veered through a ditch and side-swiped a police car that was stopped at the entrance to the property, Evans said.
There was then a failed bid to stop the car with a stop stick, and police put the Brandon fire department and ambulances on standby because they’d previously seen a large gas can on the car’s back seat.
The chase reached 110 km/h before police called it off after 16 minutes and 19 kilometres.
With the help of RCMP, the suspect was tracked down to his home in Carroll where he was arrested.
He was released by police but allegedly missed court on Dec. 23 before coming to the attention of police twice more.
It’s alleged that on Jan. 2 he was staying at a Souris motel when he kicked in the door of a neighbouring room and yelled at its occupant to quiet down.
He was arrested again on allegations that he forced his way into his father’s Brandon home on Feb. 10, hit his dad in the head with a paint brush, and threatened to stab his father and burn down the house.
Nicolas James Janz, 33, is charged with numerous offences that include flight from police, dangerous driving, break and enter, assault and uttering threats.
Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta denied bail on Thursday and Janz’s next court date is Feb. 27.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 15, 2014