A 60-year-old Oshawa man who works as an electrician is facing charges after allegedly trying to electrocute his wife and then leading police on a chase in his car.


Police say the man’s wife was taking a shower Sunday when she received several electric shocks while adjusting the taps. When she told her husband, he said it was a buildup of static electricity.


That night, the victim found drywall missing and electrical wires attached to the plumbing, police say.


When she confronted her husband, he attacked her and choked her, police say. The man then left and drove off. His wife called police.


Officers tried to stop the man’s car on Highway 401, but the man accelerated. Police pursued until the car reached speeds in excess of 170 km/h, police say. The car was later spotted in Port Hope where the man was arrested.

He is charged with mischief endangering life, aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm and failing to stop for police.