Man wanted in Ottawa carjacking investigation accused of ramming OPP cruiser

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OTTAWA -- Ontario Provincial Police say a 30-year-old Gatineau, Que. man has been charged after being arrested earlier this week in a dramatic traffic stop on Highway 401.

Police say a driver was spotted speeding and passing other vehicles on the shoulder of the westbound 401 at around 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Officers attempted to stop the driver on the highway about 30 km west of Kingston, but police allege the driver rammed the police cruiser. OPP used several cruisers to box the car in and arrest the suspect.

OPP confirm the suspect was wanted earlier in the day by the Ottawa Police Service. Ottawa police confirmed to CTV News that the suspect was wanted in connection with two west end carjackings. 

Andre Merilainen-Cayen, 30, of Gatineau, Que. is facing charges of dangerous driving, fleeing police, impaired driving, weapon possession and possession of property obtained by crime, according to the OPP.

Ottawa police also confirmed their own charges of armed robbery, weapon possession, and dangerous driving.

The accused was scheduled to appear in court in Napanee on Tuesday.

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