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Man charged with five offences, including assaulting a police officer with a weapon

A 38-year-old man from Noonan, N.B. has been charged with five offences, including assaulting a police officer with a weapon, following an incident that occurred in Fredericton, N.B. earlier this week.

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, around 6:15 p.m. Fredericton Police attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop. The driver refused to pull over for police and due to public safety concerns the police did not pursue the fleeing vehicle.

Police later located the suspect vehicle and observed it pulling into a parking lot in uptown Fredericton. The driver continued to evade police and ignore requests to stop and exit his vehicle. The suspect then drove head- on into marked police vehicle and struck two additional police cars while attempting to flee the area.

The driver was arrested on scene by Fredericton Police Patrol officers with the assistance of Drugs Crimes and Street Crimes officers.  While no one was injured during the incident, three police vehicles sustained significant damage. The suspect was assessed at the scene by Ambulance New Brunswick as a precaution.

Incident to arrest, a search of the vehicle was conducted, and a prohibited weapon was seized.

The Forensic Identification Section and Traffic Reconstruction also attended as part of the investigation.

On January 21, 2021, Patrick James Duffy appeared in Fredericton Provincial Court, and was charged with:

  • assault on a police officer with a weapon
  • flight from peace officer
  • resisting arrest
  • dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • weapon dangerous to the public

He was remanded into custody and is scheduled to return to court on January 25, at 2:00 pm., for a bail hearing.

File reference: 21-1290