A 32-year-old Welland man faces charges after Niagara Regional Police responded to a single-vehicle collision with possible injuries.
On July 28 officers arrived on the scene near South Pelham Road and Foss Road, a news release said. Officers saw a white 2022 Hyundai Sonata off the roadway into the adjacent tree line. Police spoke briefly with the driver, who then suddenly ran from the scene into a wooded area. The driver swam through a nearby pond and ran into a residential neighbourhood to evade the pursuing officers.
An NRPS K9 Unit (Police Service Dog Jax) arrived to conduct a track. At 9:15 a.m. the driver was found hiding in a backyard on South Pelham Road and arrested.
An area retirement home had been placed in lockdown.
Mohamud Mohamud Hassan is charged with the Criminal Code offences of:
- Impaired operation of a conveyance – drug
- Failure or refusal to comply with demand – drug
- Flight from peace officer
- Fail to stop at the scene of an accident avoid
Hassan was later released on a Form 10 undertaking with a future court date.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the investigating officers by calling 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1023300, reference incident 23-82782. Members of the public who wish to supply information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.