August 15, 2013 - 7:40 PM
MONTREAL - It was an alleged fecal felony, with a plodding police pursuit.
A Quebec man is accused of dumping heaps of manure into his ex-wife's jacuzzi and onto her doorstep in the wake of a marital rift.
An ensuing low-speed police chase with the man's tractor has swamped him in an even deeper legal mess, with four criminal charges.
Quebec provincial police were called to a home in Ste-Emelie-de-l'Energie on a mischief complaint Tuesday. Sgt. Gino Pare, a spokesman for the force, said they found the man raising a stink with a tractor.
"He was dropping manure into the spa of his ex-wife, and at the front door," Pare said Thursday.
Police tried to head him off with their patrol car, which got hit.
"He wouldn't stop," Pare said.
"He continued on with his tractor."
The man allegedly chugged away from the scene, with officers in pursuit.
"It was a low-speed (chase)," Pare said. "About 20 kilometres an hour."
Police got the tractor pulled over about a kilometre away — but the man allegedly resisted arrest and slightly injured one officer.
Pare could not confirm reports the man was angry because he had been served with divorce papers.
He said to his knowledge it was a dispute between a man and a woman.
The man was arraigned that afternoon in court in Joliette.
Daniel Rene faces charges including mischief, hit-and-run, evading arrest, and assault on a police officer.
News from © The Canadian Press , 2013