Wanted man drove towards officers to avoid arrest, then collided with tree: WPS

By News Staff

Police say when they attempted to pull over a known wanted man in Winnipeg’s North End early Sunday morning, he allegedly drove towards officers before colliding with a tree.

The Winnipeg Police Service says it happened around 12:27 a.m. on Alfred Avenue near Main Street.

Officers reportedly spotted a known wanted man driving an SUV, and pulled in front of the vehicle with emergency lighting.

The WPS says the driver, aged 35, initially tried to put the SUV in reverse but failed. Officers are then said to have exited their vehicle and given “loud commands to the driver.”

“However, he placed the SUV in drive and accelerated toward them – causing both police members to jump out of the way to avoid being hit,” police said in a release. “The driver then collided with a nearby tree and fled on foot.”

Police say the man was chased in the snow. He then allegedly dropped a BB air pistol that was designed to look like a Taurus PT92 handgun.

“Officers caught up to the male near the Harry Lazarenko (Redwood) Bridge, at which time he became combative and resisted arrest,” the release continued. “After a short struggle, officers were able to gain control and take him into custody.”

Winnipeg police say a search of the man and his vehicle led to the seizure of two ouces of methamphetamine and $4,590 cash.

The suspect was charged with various offences, including assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, resisting a peace officer and possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

He was detained.

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