Norfolk County police officer dragged behind SUV

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Police say a Norfolk County police officer was dragged behind the vehicle of a man fleeing arrest Tuesday night in Simcoe.

OPP acting Sgt. Ed Sanchuk said officers converged on a Queensway East address around 7 p.m. to arrest a 28-year-old from Wilsonville.

What happened next is not clear, but police say there was an altercation that ended with the wanted man fleeing the scene in an SUV while dragging one of the officers behind the vehicle.

Police picked up the trail on Cockshutt Road, where the SUV eventually crashed into three police cruisers and construction equipment near Concession 14.

That stretch of Cockshutt Road has been closed for weeks for roadwork.

The driver was arrested after the crash, placed under arrest and taken to hospital as a precaution, Sanchuk said.

The injured officer was also hospitalized but later released.

“Obviously, very shocking. The good news is that the officer is at home resting with their family,” Sanchuk said in a video posted to Twitter.

“This could have been a very different set of circumstances. We’re happy that everyone is safe and sound.”

Sanchuk did not specify where the attempted arrest took place, only saying it was a high-traffic area. He appealed for witnesses to contact police.

The accused was in court Wednesday facing a raft of charges, including dangerous driving, fleeing police, three counts of assaulting a police officer with a weapon, resisting arrest and escaping police custody.

He is also charged with possessing prohibited weapons and ammunition and possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator

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