Suspect identified in Yonge-Eglinton hit-and-run by police



TORONTO - A man still being sought Saturday a day after a hit-and-run injured three pedestrians in midtown Toronto has a long association with police.

Steven Paul Brunswick, of Toronto, was identified by investigators after three sidewalk pedestrians were plowed Friday by a stolen Mercedes-Benz SUV that jumped a Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. curb shortly after officers called off a mid-afternoon pursuit.

Now 30 pounds heftier and looking older than his 47 years, Brunswick, was the subject of a 2010 York Regional Police helicopter helicopter and highway manhunt after a van wanted in a break-in eluded officers collided by an unmarked patrol car.

A woman passenger was arrested, but the driver — suspected in a series of Vaughan commercial break-ins — fled.

This Friday, police from 53 Division spotted an SUV reported stolen Dec. 1 from a Toronto home and tried to stop it on Yonge St.

They were on the lookout for the Mercedes-Benz following a theft at a Winners store in the Laird Dr.-Eglinton Ave. E. area around 1:30 p.m.

Police alleged the driver attempted to run down an officer about 30 minutes later.

They said the SUV swerved, then jumped the curb. In that split second, the pedestrians were trapped.

None of the injured trio was seriously hurt, however, police said. One woman was rushed to hospital, where she was later released after treatment and tests.

The abandoned Mercedes-Benz was soon found on Burnaby Blvd. near Eglinton Ave. W. and Avenue Rd. but there was no sign of the driver of a woman passenger.

Brunswick is wanted for theft, attempted murder, dangerous driving and failing to remain at the site of a collision.

He was described as white, 6-foot-1 and weighing 220 pounds, with grey and black hair.

Anyone with information should call Det. Al Flis at 53 Div., 416-808-5306 or, anonymously, Crime Stoppers, 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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