Wanted man Matthew Scott arrested by RCMP after fleeing from police and ramming marked patrol vehicles

December 21, 2021
Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release


This RCMP patrol vehicle was damaged after it was struck by a car attempting to flee from police in Chapel's Cove on December 19, 2021.
This vehicle struck a number of RCMP patrol vehicles while trying to flee from police in Chapel's Cove on December 19, 2021.

Thirty-five-year-old wanted man Matthew Scott was arrested on December 19, 2021, by RCMP after he fled from police in a vehicle, rammed a number of marked police vehicles and took off on foot in Chapel's Cove.

Early Sunday morning, RCMP from Holyrood, Ferryland and Traffic Services East were set up in Chapel's Cove after learning that Scott was driving a car and was headed towards the community. Given previous flight from police and dangerous operation charges, officers planned a spike belt deployment in an attempt to disable the vehicle, prevent a pursuit and execute Scott's warrant of arrest.

At approximately 1:20 a.m., police observed Scott operating a car on Route 60 in Chapel's Cove and deployed the spike belt. Following the deployment, Scott continued to drive the car in an attempt to flee and rammed several police vehicles before his vehicle became disabled. He then exited the car and fled on foot. Officers gave chase and Scott was taken into custody a short distance away without further incident.

Matthew Scott currently has more than 30 Criminal Code and Controlled Drug and Substances Act charges before the court. As a result of this incident, he is charged with an additional 12 charges including:

  • Dangerous driving,
  • Prohibited driving,
  • Flight from police, and
  • Multiple breaches of a court release order.

He attended court on Monday, was remanded into custody and attends court today for the purpose of a bail hearing.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act are anticipated.




Contact information

Corporal Jolene Garland
Media Relations Officer

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