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RCMP officer dragged by motorist who fled checkpoint in New Harbour

A 46-year-old man was arrested by RCMP after he fled from police at a traffic check point in New Harbour over this past weekend.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on April 28, a car entered the checkpoint at the intersection of Route 80 and Route 73. A strong smell of burnt cannabis was coming from inside the vehicle.

Officers spoke to the driver, obtained his licence and instructed him to turn off the vehicle. The man refused to do so and departed the traffic stop dragging the officer along the roadway.

The officer was able to free himself and the vehicle continued to flee at a high rate of speed.

Another officer attempted to catch up to the car but it continued at a dangerous rate of speed. In the interest of public safety, the vehicle was not pursued.

A short time later, the suspect vehicle and driver were observed by an officer in Blaketown. Police set up a roadblock and the vehicle was stopped.

The driver was arrested for impaired operation, flight from police, assaulting a police officer with a weapon and dangerous driving. He was transported to Carbonear General Hospital where a sample of his blood was obtained.

The man was released from police and placed on a number of conditions. He is set to appear in court at a later date.

The police officer was taken to the hospital and was treated and released.


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