City police said an Ottawa driver charged after a man suffered two broken legs during a hit-and-run incident at Algonquin College told 9-1-1 operators that he was being chased.

At 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to an incident on Woodroffe Avenue where a 20-year-old man had been run over by a vehicle that had been backing up.

The victim suffered two broken legs. Police said Thursday the victim is recovering in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the driver involved in the collision was not at the scene, but that they arrested a man a short distance away.

Police alleged that the driver placed a 9-1-1 call shortly after the incident, said Ottawa police Det. Steven Cattral.

“He stated that he was getting chased by three men,” said Cattral.

Through the course of the investigation, police determined that the chase did not take place, Cattral said.

A 40-year-old Ottawa man faces charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, failure to stop and identify self and public mischief.

Mohamed Amer, 40, next appears in court on Aug. 24.

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