New Brunswick man charged following collision with police vehicle

Rosedale, New Brunswick – A 23-year-old man has been charged after colliding with a police vehicle in Rosedale, a community near Hartland, N.B.

On April 25, 2021, at approximately 10 a.m., members of the Western Valley Region RCMP responded to a call for service at a home in McKenna. A man left the home in a vehicle before police arrived.

While responding, police on Route 105 in Pembroke identified a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the earlier incident. A marked police cruiser activated its emergency lights, but the driver of the vehicle failed to stop and fled towards Woodstock.

A short time later, police deployed a spike-belt on Connell Street in Woodstock but the driver evaded it. The driver of the vehicle continued to the Rosedale area. On Rosedale Road, the driver of the vehicle made a U-turn, and collided head-on with a police cruiser that was following the vehicle. The driver was arrested at the scene. No one was injured. The road was temporarily closed in order to conduct an investigation into the collision.

RCMP Vehicle
File Photo – RCMP Vehicle

Lance Claus of Newburg, N.B., appeared in Woodstock Provincial Court on April 26, 2021, and was charged with the following:

operating a motor vehicle while being pursued by a police officer

dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

operating a motor vehicle while suspended

mischief under $5,000

He was remanded into custody and is scheduled to return to court on April 28, at 3:00 p.m., for a bail hearing.

The investigation is ongoing.

Western Valley Region RCMP

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