An angry man appeared on videoconference on Thursday, the day after his wild ride through the downtown streets and the University of Ottawa campus (UofO).
Marc-André Fournier, 36, of Ottawa, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after driving all the way to the ByWard Market, Sandy Hill, and the UdO campus . All of these areas were very busy at this time of day. Many people may feel lucky to be still alive, while the driver could have struck innocent victims. Fortunately, no one was injured, and the suspect was promptly arrested.
The 30-year-old appeared in the Thursday night video appearance screen at the Ottawa courthouse.
“Hello,” said Judge Julie Bourgeois, when the accused was brought to the camera in a small room in Ottawa Prison.
“There is nothing good about that,” replied the defiant, tacitly.
Dressed in a black hoodie, hooded on the head, the suspect saw his file be put back to next Monday.
The Crown opposed his release. The court informed him that he could have access to a lawyer.
Always in English, Marc-André Fournier launched “Have a good day” in a cynical tone, when the jailers showed him the way out.
While another, calmer, inmate appeared in front of the camera to manage his file, a distinctive cry from Marc-André Fournier, in a corridor in the distance, echoed.
“Kiss my ass! (F … Off! “Shouted the inmate, shouting other inaudible words.
The Crown accuses him of motor vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, dangerous driving, flight from an accident scene, resisting arrest, assault, refusal to provide a sample of breath and non-compliance with probation conditions.
At approximately 3:45 pm on Wednesday, several citizens drove 9-1-1 to report the presence of a possibly impaired driver, who was driving erratically and dangerously around Laurier and King Edward avenues. The driver crashed into several vehicles. He was apprehended by the police after completing his run on a boulevard Lees.
Videos of the allegedly stolen minivan, flying at high speed on the busy campus, have been widely circulated on social media.
The management of the University of Ottawa came back briefly Thursday, on this “trying incident for many members of our community.” UoO said counseling services were available for those who felt the need for help.