Suspect arrested after police cruiser rammed with stolen vehicle

Windsor Police Service News Update
September 23, 2023
Case #: 23-110779
Suspect arrested after police cruiser rammed with stolen vehicle

A suspect is in custody after a Windsor Police cruiser was deliberately struck by the driver of a stolen vehicle. 

On September 22, 2023, shortly before 1 p.m., officers responded to a call about a Dodge Caravan that was just stolen in the 900 block of Rankin Avenue. Officers quickly located the stolen vehicle in the area of Crawford Ave. and University Ave. West. When officers partially blocked the roadway in front of the stolen Caravan, the driver struck three parked vehicles, rammed the police cruiser multiple times, and sped from the scene. 

Though the damage to the police cruiser was extensive, the officers inside didn’t sustain physical injuries as a result of the collision.

The driver of the stolen vehicle then drove erratically down several streets and subsequently struck a light pole in the 2000 block of Norman Road, which caused the Caravan to burst into flames. The suspect fled on foot and was arrested after a short pursuit.

As a result of the investigation, Darren John Pundyk, 35, has been charged with the following:
  • Theft of a motor vehicle
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Flight from a peace officer
  • Possession of stolen property over $5,000
If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call Victim Services Windsor Essex County at 519-723-2711 or the Victim Assistance Unit at Windsor Police at 519-255-6700, ext. 4879.

For further information:
Contact the WPS Corporate Communication Unit's Public Information Officer at (519) 255-6700 ext. 4462.

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