Impaired driver in Norway House charged with assaulting RCMP officer who pulled him over

A 48-year-old man faces multiple charges after he assaulted a female RCMP officer who pulled him over on suspicion of impaired driving Aug. 8.

Norway House RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver around 2:40 p.m. Saturday. The vehicle was located and observed driving dangerously before it turned onto a dead end street and immediately came to a stop, at which point four of the vehicle's occupants fled into the surrounding woods while one remained with the vehicle.

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The man refused to cooperate with the officer while being arrested and grabbed the officer’s vest and pulled her down to the ground with him. The suspect then grabbed her radio microphone in an attempt to prevent her from calling for backup, police say.

Norway House First Nation Safety Officers drove by, saw what was happening and stopped to help the officer gain control of the man, who continued to resist arrest and utter threats at the officers while he was being handcuffed and placed into an RCMP vehicle.

The RCMP officer, the suspect and one of the First Nation Safety Officers suffered minor injuries during the struggle.

The man faces charges of assaulting a police officer, dangerous operation of motor vehicle, refusing to provide a breath sample, uttering threats and mischief under $5,000. He was released and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 4.

Norway House RCMP continue investigating.

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