Judge orders 30-day assessment for Windsor man accused of crashing stolen truck into gas station

A Windsor man who allegedly drove the wrong way on a 100-series highway before crashing a stolen truck into a gas station has been sent for a 30-day assessment.

Thirty-eight-year-old David Raymond Farrell appeared in court Thursday morning and has been remanded to the East Coast Forensic Hospital to determine if he is fit to stand trial.

Farrell is due back in court on March 8.

He is facing a total of 18 charges:

  • Two counts of dangerous operation of a conveyance
  • Robbery with violence
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Three counts of mischief
  • Flight from peace officer
  • Two counts of assault of a peace officer with a weapon
  • Mischief endangering life
  • Attempted assault with a weapon
  • Uttering threats to cause bodily harm or death
  • Two counts of operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm
  • Two counts of operation of a conveyance while impaired causing bodily harm 
  • Mischief over $5000

The RCMP say multiple calls came in around 5 p.m. on January 31 about a vehicle travelling at a high speed, against the flow of traffic, in the outbound lanes of Highway 101 near Lower Sackville.

Several other vehicles were struck or run off the road, including responding officers, before the driver exited the highway at a busy interchange.

According to police, the driver drove a short distance down the Beaverbank Connector, crossed four lanes of traffic, and eventually crashed into an Irving station.

Two people inside the gas station were injured.

~ With files from CTV Atlantic's Natasha Pace