Leduc RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit charge male after an RCMP officer was dragged during a check-stop in Leduc, Alta.
On Dec. 15, 2021, at approximately 10:45 p.m., officers of the Leduc RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit were conducting check-stops in the area of Discovery Way and 50 Avenue. An RCMP officer approached a vehicle, advised the 48-year-old male driver of the Mandatory Alcohol Screening (MAS) requirement, and the driver refused. The officer attempted to arrest the driver who refused to exit the vehicle and drove away in an attempt to flee, resulting in the officer being dragged approximately 300 metres.
At that time, a civilian vehicle pulled in front of the fleeing vehicle, which forced the suspect's vehicle to stop. The officer was able to free himself and arrest the male driver with the assistance of additional members of Leduc RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit and the civilian.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) attended the scene and assessed the male suspect. The suspect was released on scene into police custody.
The officer was assessed by EMS on scene, and he was treated at a local area hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.
The 48-year-old male from Surrey, B.C. is facing the following charges:
- Operation while impaired
- Refusal to comply with demand
- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- Resist peace officer (x2)
- Assault on police officer causing bodily harm
- Fail to stop at intersection
Following a judicial hearing, he was remanded into custody, and is scheduled to appear in Leduc Provincial Court on Jan. 22, 2022.
"This was a situation where the actions of the suspect posed a risk to both our officer and the public," says Corporal David Brosinsky. "The public is not obligated to assist police as it may pose a risk to their safety, but we are thankful for the assistance from the civilian who stopped and aided our officer in the successful apprehension of the suspect."