October 12, 2018 1:47 pm
Updated: October 12, 2018 1:49 pm

Calgary police search for driver of truck who seriously injured officer in hit and run

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Dani Lantela/Global News File

Police in Calgary are turning to the public for help arresting a driver who left an officer seriously injured in a hit-and-run in the summer.

The veteran officer was attending a suspicious person call on Aug. 18 when he approached a vehicle.

The driver of the Ford F-150 truck attempted to flee, hitting the officer and leaving him with serious injuries.

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The vehicle had been stolen and was later found abandoned by police.

Supt. Ryan Ayliffe says police are looking for help in finding the suspect, a Caucasian male in his 20s, with a slim build and brown hair and a small red hatchback that was spotted on video picking him up.

Ayliffe says investigators are waiting for results from DNA and fingerprints recovered through a full forensic analysis of the truck, which they hope will assist in identifying the suspect.

“When we send these things to our crime lab it goes into a queue and because our officer, although seriously injured, was not killed or the severity of the offence is such, it’s ranked and they’ll process at a certain time,” said Ayliffe.

The officer has still not returned to duty and is recovering at home.

“I’ve spoken to the officer myself. He’s very resilient and I expect that he’ll be back at work eventually once he’s recovered,” Ayliffe added.

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