Martin C. Barry
Several vehicles and officers from the Régie de Police du Lac des Deux-Montagnes converged at the corner of 21st Ave. and Montclair St. in Deux-Montagnes during the early evening of Thursday Aug. 8 in response to a report of a “road rage” incident involving two cars.
“In general it was a just a case of road rage that had taken place,” said RPLDM community relations officer Christopher Harding. According to Harding, one of the vehicles involved cut off the other, following which there was an impact between the two.
Road rage incident
“The person who got cut off got out of their vehicle to get the license plate number of the other vehicle,” he continued. Because one of the individuals involved was a young adult, that person’s father turned up at the scene, said Harding.
“When she went out to get the license plate number of the other vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle pushed her. The father then showed up on the scene, and as you may well imagine that didn’t go over well.”
According to Harding, the heated nature of the confrontation prompted several police cars to respond to the scene. “I think the officers were also responding in order to locate the suspects,” he said. “They rounded them up. This was all about road rage.”
In the end, a male occupant from one of the vehicles was detained by police and taken into custody in a police car. While the sight of multiple police vehicles responding to an incident may seem unduly alarming, Harding said staff at the RPLDM were following procedure.
A different approach
“Sometimes a certain incident may bring a lot of vehicles but not that much personnel,” Harding said. “Because in the smaller towns, in order to be able to cover a larger territory all of our vehicles are solo. So the moment you need, say, two officers to intervene, automatically you’re going to get two cars. And then, of course, the supervisor’s van will arrive as well.”
For that reason, he said sometimes seemingly innocuous incidents like shouting matches between neighbours or relatives can potentially result in three or four police cars converging on the scene.