Charges including impaired driving have been laid against a man accused of leading police on a chase in a stolen car Wednesday night in Oshawa.

The fleeing vehicle was driven the wrong way on a one-way street and narrowly missed colliding with a cruiser during the Feb. 11 incident, Durham police said. It came to an end after the driver ran the car into a fence and fled on foot.

Police were called at about 8:45 p.m. by a witness who reported a possibly impaired man trying to free a car from a snowbank on Buckingham Avenue, police said. Officers spotted a car heading south on Centre Street with no headlights and attempted to pull it over, but the driver continued on.

As cops pursued the vehicle along a number of side streets, the suspect narrowly missed colliding with a cruiser, police said. The vehicle was driven the wrong way on Simcoe Street South before the driver veered onto Hemlock Street; the car slid off the road and into a metal fence.

The driver fled, but cops followed footsteps in freshly fallen snow until they found a suspect hiding in the window well of a residence nearby. Police learned the vehicle had been stolen from an address on Arlington Avenue.

Jesse Aumont-Beauchamp, 24, faces charges including impaired driving, flight from police, driving while suspended and possession of stolen property. He was held for a bail hearing.

Source: durhamregion.com