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Woodstock Ont., man faces assault charges after routine traffic stop turned hostile

Woodstock Police cruiser.
Woodstock Police cruiser. 980 CFPL File Photo

A Woodstock, Ont., man faces multiple charges after police say a routine traffic stop turned aggressive.

On Tuesday at around 8:15 p.m., Woodstock police say an officer stopped a vehicle near Dundas Street and County Road 11 over an expired licence plate sticker.

They say a male driver got out of the vehicle and approached the officer in “an aggressive and argumentative” manner.

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Police say the man then got back in his vehicle and fled the traffic stop at a high rate of speed, nearly missing another vehicle as he sped away.

Police say they finally blocked in the man’s vehicle at a nearby business. The man approached the officer again and tried to put the officer in a headlock, police say.

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The officer was able to gain control of the man until other units arrived, Woodstock police say.

The officer walked away with scratches to the neck.

A 63-year-old man from Woodstock was arrested and charged with:

  • assaulting a peace officer
  • flight from police
  • dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • assault with intent to resist arrest
  • expired validation sticker
  • no valid auto insurance

The man was released and will attend court at a future date.

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