05/10/2015 01:27 EDT | Updated 05/10/2016 05:59 EDT

Lights made Barrie man 'paranoid' ahead of impromptu police chase

A Barrie man allegedly became "paranoid" after seeing the lights of a police cruiser, the first in a series of events that led to him crashing his car and being charged, police say.

According to a news release, a police officer was responding to an emergency when that officer's lights allegedly caused a driver to "become paranoid and attempt to flee."

Police allege the man began driving dangerously, which spurred the officer to try to stop the vehicle.

A short chase ensued and the driver ended up going over a spike belt that had been laid out near a local landfill.

The driver soon crashed his car and ran away. Police caught up with him, with the help of a canine team.

The 30-year-old man was charged with dangerous driving, flight from police and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.