Man charged with dangerous driving, allegedly caused $150,000 in damage

Dec 30 2019, 6:55 pm

A 46-year-old man is facing a handful of charges after allegedly driving dangerously through Calgary.

A release from the Calgary Police Service states that Guolaing Situ is facing 15 charges, including dangerous driving, after an incident on Saturday night that saw multiple vehicles damaged and multiple people injured.

According to the release, a man believed to have been Situ had been driving a 2006 Honda Ridgeline at around 9:40 pm on December 28 when he hit a Canada Post mailbox in northwest Calgary. He then allegedly backed up into a garage door on the 10,000 block of Hamptons Boulevard NW before fleeing the scene.

The Ridgeline was then spotted by HAWCS driving east on Stoney Trail at a high rate of speed, reaching up to 180 km/h, according to police.

Three vehicles were allegedly side-swiped during this time: a 2014 Audio Q5, a 2011 Jeep Wrangler, and a Ford F150.

Police believe that the Ridgeline then drove into a 2014 Hyundai Tucson, leaving three occupants with minor injuries that required a trip to the hospital.

The Ridgeline then drove a 2017 Honda CRV off the road, according to the release, as well as a truck of unknown make and model.

“This event posed a significant risk to the public as the driver appeared to be deliberately contacting every vehicle he passed, forcing them off the road,” said Acting Duty Inspector Sean Gregson in the release.

“We are very fortunate that CPS members safely resolved the incident, and the actions of the driver did not lead to severe injuries or even worse; loss of life. With the holiday season continuing, we remind everyone that drinking and driving is never the right choice to be making.”

Police managed to intercept the vehicle shortly after 10 pm, though not before the Ridgeline allegedly targeted and struck a tractor trailer.

Police state that Situ had been “exhibiting erratic behaviour” after he was taken out of the vehicle, and was promptly taken to the hospital.

In total, Situ has been charged with “seven counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident, seven counts of assault with a weapon, and one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle.”

Impaired driving charges are pending, though await toxicology results.

Police believe that the incident resulted in an estimated $97,000 in damage to citizen vehicles and an additional $55,000 in damage when factoring in the mailbox and the garage door.

Anyone with information on the incident, or the drivers of the targeted vehicles that have not yet reported, are asked to contact the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency line of 403-266-1234.

Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online through their website.

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