Man faces slew of charges after dangerous driving incident

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UPPER NINE MILE RIVER: An East Hants RCMP officer was nearly hit while a second police vehicle was side-swiped by a suspect during a dangerous driving incident late on the night of April 30.

East Hants RCMP say they have charged Michael Alexander Stockermans, 29, following the complaint of dangerous driving along Highway 14 in Upper Nine Mile River.

Police responded to a call of an erratic driver at around 10 p.m. on April 30.

“Officers located the vehicle and made several attempts to stop it, however the driver was behaving erratically and did not stop for police,” said Cpl. Jen Clarke with N.S. RCMP. “The driver of the small red car nearly struck an RCMP officer, then side swiped an RCMP vehicle as police attempted to get it stopped. “

Cpl. Clarke said the driver was eventually arrested after a short struggle with police. He was taken to hospital to be checked as a precaution, however was not injured.

No other injuries resulted from this incident.

Stockermans has been charged with:

·         Dangerous Driving

·         Assaulting Police

·         Assault With a Weapon

·         Mischief

·         Resisting Arrest

·         Flight From Police

The driver has been held in custody pending a court appearance in Shubenacadie Provincial Court later today, May 1. His vehicle has been seized and an RCMP Traffic Analyst was called to examine the scene.

Highway 14 in Upper Nine Mile River was closed while police were on scene, however it has since re-opened.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.