Monday morning, at around 5:15, a spectacular incident took place in downtown Montreal. According to Véronique Dubuc, spokesperson with the SPVM, a suspect stole one car, then attempted to steal a second car, on St-Urbain between Ontario and Sainte-Catherine.
St-Urbain has been closed between Ontario and René-Lévesque while investigators talk to witnesses and determine what happened. It is unclear when the street will re-open.
A suspect is currently in custody. He has been arrested and is facing charges for driving under the influence, reckless driving, and auto theft.
At around 5:15 this morning, a man, aged 31 years old, was forcibly ejected from his car while waiting for the light to turn green by the suspect, a 35-year-old man, at the corner of Ontario and St-Urbain.
According to Véronique Dubuc, spokesperson for the Montreal Police, the alleged car thief then drove off on St-Urbain in the southbound direction.
The thief crashed the car into the Desjardins Center just moments later, at the corner of St-Urbain and Sainte Catherine.
Witnesses helped the suspect out of the car. The suspect then ran off and attempted to steal a second vehicle. He was apprehended by witnesses, who then communicated with 9-1-1.
Officers were quickly dispatched to the scene. The suspect has been transported to the hospital with injuries to the upper body, but police do not fear for his life.
The victim of the car theft was also treated for injuries to the upper body, but he was not transported to the hospital.
The suspect is facing charges for driving under the influence, reckless driving, and auto theft.
St-Urbain is closed between René-Lévesque and Ontario until further notice so that investigators can conduct an investigation.