VANCOUVER, B.C. — An on-duty RCMP officer from Quesnel is recovering from injuries after being allegedly assaulted over the weekend by two men.
The incident happened on Saturday night, during a routine traffic stop, according to authorities. The officer suspected a driver of being impaired and pulled over the vehicle, which had a 67-year-old at the wheel and a 23-year-old passenger. The driver refused to provide a breath sample, and was subsequently arrested by the Mountie.
It was during the arrest that the driver and his passenger allegedly started hitting the policeman in the head. Emergency backup was called and when a second officer arrived, the suspects fled into a nearby residence.
The injured officer was taken to Quesnel’s G.R. Baker Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries, including head injuries and a dislocated shoulder. He is currently recovering at home.
For the next four hours, police officers surrounded the home and tried to negotiate with the two suspects. Eventually the RCMP entered the house at around 2 a.m. with a police dog and arrested the men. The 23-year-old man was bitten by the dog during the arrest, and was treated for minor injuries.
The 67-year-old suspect was charged for refusing to provide a breath sample and assaulting a police officer. The 23-year-old remains in custody and has also been charged with assaulting a police officer.
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