A man who police say intentionally crashed his vehicle into a police cruiser on Saturday morning has been charged with attempted murder.
Police were called to the area of Ellesmere Road and Gander Drive, just east of Markham Road, shortly before 8 a.m.
In a news release on Saturday afternoon, police said an officer was stopped at an intersection in a marked vehicle when the driver of another vehicle allegedly hit it.
In a tweet, Toronto police chief James Ramer said the driver hit the police cruiser twice before getting out of the car armed with a knife.
“The officer attempted to de-escalate but the man refused to drop the knife,” Ramer said in the tweet.
Other officers attended and they continued to use their deescalation training & tactics to safely resolve the situation & make the arrest. <a href=”https://twitter.com/TorontoPolice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TorontoPolice</a> across this city face unpredictable situations every day as they do regular patrols keeping this city safe. <a href=”https://twitter.com/TPAca?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TPAca</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/TPSRydzik?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TPSRydzik</a>
Ramer said other officers attended the scene and used de-escalation tactics to arrest the driver safely.
In addition to the attempted murder charge, the 47-year-old man of Toronto faces the following: one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle, two counts of assault of a peace officer with a weapon, one count of weapons dangerous, and one count of failing to comply with a release order.
The man is expected to appear in court on Sunday.