Man who dragged, struck of­fi­cer in stolen ve­hi­cle sought

Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE - J.W. Sch­narr jwschnarr@leth­bridge­herald.com

Po­lice are seek­ing the pub­lic’s help in find­ing the driver of a stolen ve­hi­cle who dragged a po­lice of­fi­cer and then backed into him while evad­ing ar­rest.

Early Tues­day morn­ing po­lice re­sponded to a re­port of a car prowl­ing in the vicin­ity of 20 Avenue South.

An of­fi­cer at­tend­ing the scene was search­ing the area on foot and wit­nessed a Lin­coln MKX en­ter a park­ing lot along the 2100 block of Palm Road South.

The ve­hi­cle matched the de­scrip­tion of one that had pre­vi­ously been re­ported stolen, po­lice said.

The of­fi­cer ap­proached the driver’s side door. The driver was in­structed to exit the ve­hi­cle, and when he did not com­ply, the of­fi­cer tried the door han­dle.

Po­lice say the driver put the ve­hi­cle in re­verse and the of­fi­cer was dragged a short dis­tance. He stepped away from the ve­hi­cle and con­tin­ued to in­struct the driver to stop and get out.

The ve­hi­cle drove for­ward for a short dis­tance and then re­versed, strik­ing the of­fi­cer and push­ing him back sev­eral feet be­fore he was able to move out of the way and avoid be­ing run over.

The ve­hi­cle fled north on Palm Road at a high rate of speed and then turned east onto 20 Avenue South.

At­tempts by ad­di­tional of­fi­cers to lo­cate the ve­hi­cle and driver were un­suc­cess­ful.

The of­fi­cer sus­tained mi­nor in­juries and did not re­quire med­i­cal treat­ment.

The ve­hi­cle is de­scribed as a

white Lin­coln MKX with li­cence plate BBT-8529.

The driver is de­scribed by po­lice as a white male with light-coloured curly or messy hair and light­coloured eyes. He was wear­ing a white T-shirt.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one who has in­for­ma­tion or if they ob­serve the stolen ve­hi­cle to please call LPS at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477.

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