WANTED | 25 year old wanted for hitting police officer and cruiser in Niagara Falls

Police are looking for a man wanted for hitting an NRP police officer and cruiser.

It happened yesterday afternoon at 2pm when a Niagara police officer tried pulling over a black 2007 Pontiac Vibe in a parking lot in the area of Drummond Road and Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls.

The Pontiac being operated by a man pulled into a parking spot and the officer parked behind it. 

The officer got out of her silver Impala police cruiser and spoke to the driver. 

After a conversation, the driver suddenly reversed the Pontiac striking the officer and ramming the police cruiser out of his path.  

The Pontiac fled east on Lundy's Lane and then north bound onto Stanley Street. 

Other officers in the area initiated a pursuit, but discontinued it due to the suspects dangerous driving and a concern for public safety.  

The Pontiac with rear end damage was last seen in the area of Stanley Street and Valley Way in Niagara Falls.

The officer was not injured. 

The damage to the NRPS vehicle is estimated at $5000.

Later in the afternoon officers received information that the man and vehicle maybe in Virgil.

A number of officers were in the area, but were not able to locate the suspect. The Pontiac was located at that time.

As a result of the investigation officers have identified the driver of the Pontiac as Kenneth William Hunter (25 years old) of no fixed address.

Hunter has numerous ties to Niagara Falls.  His current whereabouts is unknown.

Hunter is described as 160 lbs. medium build, 5'4 feet tall, brown hair and hazel eyes.

He is wanted for assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, fail to stop at scene of accident, fail to stop for police pursuit flight from police and operation while prohibited.

Hunter also faces Highway Traffic Act offences stemming from this incident.

Should a member of the public recognize or know the whereabouts of Hunter they are asked to call 911.