Man swims through a pond to evade arrest by Niagara Police

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Published July 28, 2023 at 6:20 pm

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A 32-year-old male has been charged in relation to a single-vehicle collision that took place in the Welland area this morning (July 28).

According to Niagara Regional Police, the incident occurred at approximately 7:38 a.m., near South Pelham Rd., and Foss Rd., potentially causing injuries.

Upon arrival, police found a white 2022 Hyundai Sonata that had veered off the roadway and came to a stop amidst the trees.

As police approached the driver, he fled on foot, dashing into a nearby wooded area.

Police say, the individual swam through a nearby pond and ran into a residential neighbourhood to evade the pursuing officers.

Reinforcements, including police service dog Jax and additional personnel from the NRPS Emergency Task Unit, were called to the scene.

Following a search that lasted until 9:15 a.m., the driver was located and arrested while hiding in a backyard along South Pelham Rd, placing a retirement home in the area in lockdown.

The man has now been identified as Mohamud Mohamud Hassan, a resident of Welland.

Hassan now faces multiple criminal charges, including impaired operation of a conveyance – drug, failure or refusal to comply with demand – drug, flight from a peace officer and more.

Following the arrest, Hassan was later released on a Form 10 undertaking, pending a future court appearance to address the charges against him.

Authorities urge anyone with information to contact police at 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1023300.

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