Lac-Megantic: lawyer for one of the accused says arrest was over the top

The lawyer for one of the men facing charges in connection with the Lac-Megantic train disaster says the way his client was arrested was completely over the top.

Thomas Walsh says members of the SWAT team stormed into Thomas Harding's house on Monday as though he was a heavily armed Hells Angel.

Walsh says he told Crown prosecutors several times that Harding was willing to appear in court voluntarily if they ever decided to charge him.

Harding was the driver of the train that derailed last July, sparking explosions that killed 47 people.

He and two other men are to be arraigned in Lac-Megantic this afternoon on 47 charges of criminal negligence causing death.

As well as arresting Harding, Jean Demaitre and Richard Labrie, the Crown has announced that Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd. — the railway at the heart of the accident — is facing the same charges.

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