Vi­o­lent traf­fic stop

Driver, pas­sen­ger ar­rested dur­ing al­ter­ca­tion with RCMP

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

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.

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