An officer is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after allegedly being dragged behind a drunk driver during a traffic stop on Wednesday morning.
According to Victoria police, a patrol officer pulled the suspect’s van over shortly after noon. 3 as it turned the wrong way onto Pandora Avenue, a one-way street in the city center.
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The officer was waiting for backup after coordinators told them the driver had previously been convicted of murder and had recently expressed a desire for a fatal encounter with law enforcement, according to a media release from the department.
When two officers spoke to the driver, they noticed “clear signs of intoxication,” according to police.
The driver tried to drive away quickly, but one of the officers was “wrapped up” in the vehicle and was dragged for several meters, police said. The officer’s legs were injured in the process.
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Police, including the wounded officer, chased the suspect into Cormorant Street, where the suspect crashed into a parked vehicle and a home. A patrol sergeant used their vehicle to secure the suspect’s van in place, police said.
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Police allege that the suspect then got out of his vehicle but refused to target the officers, who had to use a taser and a handgun at least twice before they were able to subdue and arrest him.
The suspect was not injured, and while the damage to the Cormorant Street house and its vehicle was extensive, the occupants of the house were also unharmed.
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Police said the officer who was towed “will not be able to be deployed” while recovering.
Investigators have not released the suspect’s identity, but said he failed a breathalyzer in the jail.
He was sentenced to a driving ban and released on parole pending a future trial date.
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