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A teen-ager faces charges of attempted murder after allegedly smashing a pickup truck into a police cruiser Sunday morning, authorities said.

The 17-year-old, who police declined to identify, was noticed driving a stolen Dodge pickup truck in the area of Diltz Road and Regional Road 45. Niagara Regional Police said they noticed the truck while they were investigating the theft of an all-terrain vehicle.

The officers, in a marked police cruiser, activated the flashing lights and siren as they tried to stop the truck, but the driver accelerated in an attempt to escape, police said. Police said they pursued the truck along Canborough Road to Port Davidson Road, where it lost control and drove into a culvert.

According to police, they stopped on the road near the truck, and then the driver of the pickup suddenly accelerated and drove directly at the police cruiser's passenger door. The two officers fired several shots at the truck, police said, but none of the shots hit the driver. The truck collided with the parked cruiser and continued north on Port Davidson Road.

The pursuit continued to Highway 406, where the truck rammed a second police cruiser. The suspect fled but was arrested a short distance away.

The youth was charged with two counts of attempted murder, dangerous driving and possession of stolen property.

He was being held for a bail hearing today.

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