Two police cruisers were damaged in the past two days by drivers who drove through police road blocks.
On Monday, March 7, 2016, at approximately 11 p.m., an officer blocked northbound traffic on Lakeridge Road, just north of Myrtle Road West, while the fire department was attending to a car fire. The officer’s cruiser had its roof lights activated and pylons were placed across the roadway. A northbound car drove around the road block and continued driving towards the fire scene. The officer attempted to pull over the car and eventually had to angle the cruiser in front of the car to get it to stop. The car came into contact with the cruiser causing minor damage to both vehicles.
The driver of the car, a 37-year-old male from Oshawa, was charged with: Drive on a Closed Highway.
On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at approximately 5:20 p.m., police closed a portion of Wilson Road North in Oshawa to assist the fire department at a house fire. A northbound car drove around the police cruiser, which had its roof lights activated and was blocking northbound traffic. The car couldn’t get past the fire trucks and reversed back towards the parked cruiser, striking the cruiser in the process. Both vehicle sustained minor damage.
A 19-year-old male from Oshawa was charged with: Careless Driving and Disobey Police Officer Directing Traffic.
No injuries were reported in either collision.
When officers are closing down roadways, please remember to obey road blocks and drive with caution in the area. These road blocks are meant to increase public safety.