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Charges laid following attempt to evade police

On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, around 2:10 p.m., a Patrol officer attempted a traffic stop on a U-Haul Truck at Priestman and Smythe Streets in Fredericton, N.B, in connection with an ongoing investigation.

Prior to confirming the identity of the driver and passenger, the truck fled from police at a high rate of speed. In the interest of public safety given the high speeds, police did not pursue the vehicle. The driver went through multiple red lights and struck another vehicle before being abandoned in a ditch adjacent to Route 8 and College Hill Road.

An adult male and adult female both fled from police into a wooded area on Poet’s Hill. Following a brief foot chase, the woman was taken into custody without incident. She was later released unconditionally. The U-Haul was seized as part of the ongoing investigation.

On Thursday, April 21, 2022 around 3:15 p.m., Patrols responded to Two Nations Crossing for reports that the male wanted from the previous day was seen in the area. Police were able to take the man into custody without incident in a wooded area near the Smart Centres at Two Nations Crossing. An imitation handgun (see photo) was seized incident to arrest.

35-year-old John Wayne Roger Horsman from Moncton, N.B. appeared before a Provincial Court Judge via telephone remand on April 22, 2022, and faces the following charges:

  • Flight from police
  • Obstruction
  • Failure to remain or stop after an accident
  • Dangerous operation of a conveyance
  • Suspended driving (MVA)

Mr. Horsman was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court again on April 25, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. More charges are expected.

Fredericton Police would like to remind the public that if used in the commission of a crime, there is no difference under the Criminal Code between an authentic and a replica firearm.

File 22-8146