Violent traffic stop
Driver, passenger arrested during altercation with RCMP
A traffic stop turned violent Wednesday night, when RCMP officers used a Taser on a suspected drunk driver.
Just before midnight, Queens District RCMP officers observed a vehicle leave a drinking establishment in what police describe as an “aggressive manner”. The vehicle struck a snow bank, accelerated quickly at a high rate of speed and drove erratically on the Cornwall Road before being stopped in a driveway.
When stopped, the 50-yearold male driver showed signs of intoxication and refused to obey the officer’s demands. A physical confrontation followed as the officer attempted to arrest the driver. A second officer arrived to assist, and a conducted energy weapon (commonly known as a Taser) was used to gain control of the driver, who police describe as extremely combative.
The passenger also proved a problem for RCMP, who have charged the 37-year-old man with obstruction and causing a disturbance.
RCMP have obtained blood samples from the driver, who was treated and released from hospital and subsequently lodged in cells for the evening.
Road conditions were treacherous following Wednesday’s snowstorm. Charges for impaired driving will depend on the results of the analysis of the driver’s blood. Charges for resisting arrest, obstruction and causing a disturbance are pending.