Renaud Mills, New Brunswick – A 29-year-old man from Renaud Mills, N.B., has been charged with attempted murder and seven other offences following an incident in the community.
On April 17, 2021, at approximately 1:20 a.m., members of the Richibucto RCMP responded to a report of an assault at a home on Renaud Mills Road. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle before police arrived. A woman was transported to hospital and later released.
Later that morning, police received a call for an erratic driver on the Trans-Canada Highway in Havelock. When police responded, they identified the vehicle as matching the description of the one involved in the earlier incident. Members of the Caledonia Region RCMP, Codiac Regional RCMP and Shediac RCMP responded to assist. A marked police cruiser activated its emergency lights but the driver of the vehicle failed to stop and fled the scene.
A short time later, police deployed a spike-belt near the Shediac exit on Route 11. The vehicle’s tires were punctured by the spike belt before the vehicle collided with three police cruisers blocking the road. The driver was arrested following the collision. No one was injured. The road was temporarily closed in order to conduct an investigation into the collision.
James Bastarache appeared in Moncton Provincial Court on April 20, 2021, and was charged with the following:
assault with a weapon (two counts)
operating a motor vehicle while being pursued by a police officer
dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
resisting or obstructing a police officer
He was remanded into custody and is scheduled to return to court on April 23, at 1:30 p.m., for a bail hearing.
The investigation is ongoing.
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