Police chase of alleged stolen vehicle in downtown Ottawa ends with collision and multiple injuries; one critical

Police pursuit of an alleged stolen vehicle led to a collision and multiple injuries Sunday afternoon in downtown Ottawa, including a very serious injury to one person.

Ottawa Police say an RCMP officer was in his vehicle pursuing a small car. He tried to stop the escaping vehicle on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The chase ended when the vehicles collided in front of the Supreme Court building on Wellington Street, just before 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Six people, including the driver, were in the car. One of the passengers, a woman in her 20s, received severe head injuries and is listed in critical condition at the Ottawa Trauma Centre.

The other five people in the car ended up with minor injuries, as did the 47-year-old RCMP officer who was driving a police SUV.

The driver, a man in his 20s, has been arrested and taken into custody.

Wellington at Bank, Kent and Lyon Streets was closed for a number of hours on Sunday afternoon.

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