Ultimate Fighter Crashes Truck Into Casino During Police Chase

Harold Howard (51), a Canadian mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship finalist, has been charged with a range of crimes, including attempted murder, after he drove his pickup truck through the front entrance of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, while trying to elude police pursuit.
His truck eventually came to a halt just short of the gaming floor, after it smashed into the casino’s lobby fountain 20 metres into the casino. Commenting on the incident, Sgt. Shawn Clarkson of the Niagara Regional Police Staff, said:
“Thank God it wasn’t a Friday night. We were extremely fortunate there were not more people around. A couple of people had to duck out of the way, but we could have had some real serious problems there if it had been a few hours earlier or another day.”
It would appear that the incident was just the conclusion of what was a night of mayhem for Harold Howard, who earlier in the night had allegedly attacked a 45-year-old woman and her 21-year-old son after a domestic dispute. Apparently, he then drove to the home of another family member “where he deliberately smashed his pickup into a car parked in the home’s driveway,” said Const. Nilan Dave, a Niagara police media officer. He was then chased for about four kilometres by police, before he was apprehended and arrested at gunpoint inside the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.
The 6ft 2in, 17st black belt karate expert is best known for making it to the final of the UFC 3 in 1994, where he lost out to Steve Jennum. Following two more successive losses and injuries, he cut short his professional career after just two years.
Harold Howard now faces a whole list of charges including two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a weapon, attempted break and enter, flight from police, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

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