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Man jumps into car with small child in backseat, demands to be driven to Cole Harbour Sobeys

RCMP in Halifax say accused is facing charges including impaired driving and kidnapping.

Staff / TC Media

An East Preston man is facing several charges, including kidnapping and impaired driving, following an incident that occurred along Highway 7 on Monday.
 
Shortly before noon, a vehicle went off the highway. Police said in a news release two passersby who witnessed the collision helped the lone male driver get out of his vehicle.
 
A female motorist who happened to be driving past the scene also stopped to offer her assistance. Her two-year-old child was in a car seat in the back of the vehicle.
 
Police say the male jumped into the female’s vehicle without her permission and demanded she drive him to the Sobeys in Cole Harbour. The woman became fearful and drove the man to his requested destination.
 
When he left her vehicle, she immediately called police. Neither the woman nor her child was injured.
 
When RCMP officers responded they took Sherlock Jaydee Downey, 39, of East Preston into their custody without incident. He is facing several charges, including impaired driving, kidnapping, mischief and taking a vehicle without consent.
 
Downey was scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Tuesday afternoon.