The Hamilton Spectator

Man charged after police officer dragged by car during arrest

Drugs allegedly found on 35-year-old driver of stolen vehicle

- NICOLE O’REILLY NICOLE O’REILLY IS A REPORTER AT THE SPECTATOR. NOREILLY@THESPEC.COM

A Hamilton police sergeant is recovering from minor injuries after being dragged by a stolen vehicle as the driver tried to flee.

Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, police were called for a possible impaired driver to Queen Victoria Drive on the Mountain.

Police were told that a black, fourdoor Acura had been parked and was running outside the caller’s house for 40 minutes, said Const. Indy Bharaj. A male driver appeared passed out at the wheel.

When police ran the licence plate, they discovered the Acura had been stolen the day before from Ancaster.

Officers used two cruisers to block the vehicle in at each end, but as they approached, the driver woke up and put the car into drive, striking the cruiser in front, Bharaj said. Police directed the driver to stop, but he didn’t listen.

Instead, he put the vehicle into reverse and, as he accelerate­d backward, one of the officers was dragged by an open door. The car then struck two parked cars and became stuck. Officers arrested the driver and also allegedly found fentanyl and methamphet­amine.

“This could have resulted in a far more serious outcome,” Bharaj said, adding that the sergeant fortunatel­y only suffered minor injuries and is now recovering at home.

The incident was captured on video that aired on CHCH news.

Police are unsure where the video came from, he said.

However, it appears to be police dash camera footage, which is not publicly accessible.

A 35-year-old Hamilton man faces charges of dangerous driving, flight from a peace officer, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, multiple counts of fail to comply, multiple counts driving while prohibited and multiple drug charges.

 ?? ?? Shortly before 8:30 a.m., March 2, police were called for a possible impaired driver to Queen Victoria Drive on the Mountain.
Shortly before 8:30 a.m., March 2, police were called for a possible impaired driver to Queen Victoria Drive on the Mountain.

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