Charges laid after Ottawa officer dragged for 500 metres by fleeing car



A man was charged with assault after dragging a police officer 500 metres.

A 36-year-old Ottawa man was charged with assaulting a police officer Tuesday following an incident during which the officer was dragged for half a kilometre by the suspect’s vehicle.

The incident occurred shortly before midnight on May 14 on Montreal Road, when the officer stopped the man for a traffic violation. As the officer was speaking with him, the driver of the vehicle sped off, dragging the officer at a high speed for 500 metres, until the officer was thrown from the vehicle.

The officer suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators determined that the driver had been involved in an earlier incident when, on March 18 on Montreal Road, he drove into a park bench, then abandoned the vehicle and reported it stolen.

He was arrested on Monday, and charged with assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, assault on a peace officer causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, obstruction of justice and unlawful possession of a Schedule I substance. He was additionally charged with public mischief related to the March 18 incident.

He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.