Men charged af­ter ve­hi­cles dam­aged, of­fi­cer hurt

Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE - LETHBRIDGE HER­ALD

Lethbridge Po­lice have charged two men fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent on the week­end in which a po­lice of­fi­cer was in­jured and three ve­hi­cles dam­aged.

At about 5 p.m. Satur­day po­lice no­ticed a traf­fic vi­o­la­tion and at­tempted to stop a ve­hi­cle. The ve­hi­cle be­gan driv­ing er­rat­i­cally along icy roads where it struck a parked ve­hi­cle in the 300 block of 12 B Street North. The of­fi­cer used his cruiser to pin the ve­hi­cle against a tree to pre­vent it from leav­ing and putting mem­bers of the pub­lic at risk.

The driver con­tin­ued to at­tempt to rock the ve­hi­cle to break free, and even when ad­di­tional of­fi­cers ar­rived to help, the driver con­tin­ued to try and free his ve­hi­cle, dam­ag­ing two po­lice ve­hi­cles in the process. He also dis­obeyed po­lice com­mands to turn off the en­gine and exit.

Po­lice fired a sock round at the ve­hi­cle, which caused the driver to stop mov­ing his ve­hi­cle. But he re­sisted ar­rest and an of­fi­cer sus­tained mi­nor in­juries to his hand.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined the driver was wanted on nu­mer­ous war­rants and the pas­sen­ger was in breach of con­di­tions. The li­cence plate had also been stolen.

Jyi Mick­ell Trot­ter, 37, of Lethbridge, is charged with flight from a peace of­fi­cer, dan­ger­ous driv­ing, two counts of re­sist­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer, as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer with a weapon, fail­ing to

stop at an ac­ci­dent, and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty.

Trot­ter was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear in court to­day.

John Elvis Jones, 25, of Lethbridge, is charged with breach­ing the con­di­tions of re­cog­ni­zance. He was re­leased from cus­tody to ap­pear in court Nov. 27.

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