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Man drives into two police vehicles in attempt to avoid arrest

An RCMP officer inspects a blue pickup truck after a collision in a Yellowknife parking lot in January 2019
An RCMP officer takes photos of a pickup truck after it collided with unmarked police vehicles just off School Draw Avenue on January 23, 2019. James O’Connor/Cabin Radio

In an attempt to evade arrest, a man wanted on a warrant intentionally drove into not just one, but two police vehicles on Wednesday afternoon, RCMP said.

Two Yellowknife RCMP officers were said to have received minor injuries as a result.

Police identified two suspects arrested during the incident as Gary Taylor and Kiet Thai of Yellowknife.

In a news release, police said they had spotted Taylor in a blue pick-up truck with a few other people on School Draw Avenue outside an apartment building.



When they went to arrest him, police say he “deliberately rammed” the truck into two police vehicles.

Taylor, 38, faces charges including assaulting a police officer, dangerously operating a vehicle, driving while disqualified, resisting a police officer, failing to comply with a court order, and mischief over $5,000.

The other people in the pick-up were arrested and released without charge.

Police first said they were searching for Taylor on January 21.



His arrest warrant at the time was related to resisting an officer, cocaine possession, operating a vehicle while disqualified, operating a vehicle while pursued by police, assault, mischief, failure to attend court, and breach of recognizance.

On January 23, they confirmed his arrest and thanked the public for a tip that had led them to find him.

Taylor and Thai will appear in Yellowknife Territorial Court on Monday, January 28. No charges against them have yet been proven.