On Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 5:24 a.m. a lone male operating a grey Dodge Magnum drove through the front entrance of Waterloo Regional Police Service headquarters, located at 200 Maple Grove Road in Cambridge. The vehicle travelled approximately 30 meters within the confines of the lobby and came to rest alongside the reception area of the Records Branch. Civilian and uniform employees were at work at the time.
There were no injuries as a result of the incident.
“The safety of our members and the public is our primary concern and we are thankful that no one was injured as a result of this incident,” said Chief Matt Torigian. “This event underscores the importance of designing buildings that are safeguarded against these types of acts and we will be continuing our work with Regional facilities to assess the design of existing police buildings.”
Police responded from within the building and apprehended the man at the scene. The 37 year old man was taken to hospital for an assessment and was subsequently released into police custody.
South Division detectives are investigating this as a criminal matter. Damage to the building is extensive and anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-650-8500 extension 2210.
Video of the damage is available through the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGLG3sU1nVg.
UPDATE: Waterloo Regional Police have charged Bryan Welfred, 37 years of Tavistock, with Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Mischief Endangering Life.
UPDATE: Anyone who does not have an existing appointment at police headquarters is asked to avoid the area until Wednesday, November 15.
Inspector Greg Lamport, Executive Officer
(519) 650-8500 ext. 8713
Alana Holtom, Corporate Communications Coordinator
(519) 650-8500 ext. 8716