A Toronto man is facing 12 charges after a police chase that closed down the QEW for hours on Saturday.22 year-old Dillon Benzies has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and theft of a motor vehicle, among other charges.He was due in court Sunday.A female OPP officer remains in hospital after her car was rammed by the suspect.The officer’s car was pushed up on to the guardrails after trying to box in the vehicle Benzies is alleged to have stolen. OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt says she suffered serious injuries.“She was involved in a pretty significant collision, she went up onto the guardrails. She was tossed around and banged around in the vehicle pretty hard and sustained injuries, fortunatly they’re not life threatening at this time”It all began around 9 a.m. Saturday when police attempted to pull over a Saturn Ion for driving illegally in the HOV lane.When the driver wouldn’t stop there was a brief chase that was called off for safety reasons according to the OPP.The car was spotted further up the road and police attempted to block him in. That lead to a collision involving a third car. The Saturn took off again but lost control at Highway 10. Benzies fled on foot and was tracked by the canine unit says Schmidt.“He was located inside the garage of a residence and Peel canine (unit) went in and took him out of the garage space”Benzie is also charged with break and enter and possession of property obtained by crime.The QEW was closed for about 7 hours causing gridlock on the highway. read more

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