Police officer brutally beaten by motorist

Another two officers injured coming to his rescue

By Robert Frank

A bad road rage incident has put a Laval traffic policeman on extended sick leave, while he recovers from severe injuries.

“The officer intercepted a car on Cléroux for a routine highway code violation around 11:30 a.m., Aug. 19,” Const. Nathalie Lorrain told The Suburban. “He retrieved the driver’s papers and was writing the ticket when the driver – who was alone in his vehicle – got out of his car and started banging on the window of the patrol car with his fists.”

“The officer got out to tried to control the situation,” she continued. “As he opened the door, the man punched him repeatedly in the face. As the policeman tried to push the man away and get out of the patrol car, he was thrown to the ground, injuring his knee badly.”

“A woman who witnessed the incident through her window called 911 to report that a police officer was being attacked, was on the ground and that his assailant was kicking him,” Const. Lorrain said. “The police officer managed to wrestle him to the ground as well, and applied pepper spray. That’s when he regained control of the situation and handcuffed  the assailant.”

In the meantime, all the police cars in the city heard the incident on their radios, since the patrol officer’s walkie-talkie was transmitting during the alleged assault.

“Unfortunately, one of the squad cars on its way to assist collided with another car at the intersection of Labelle and Highway 15,” Const. Lorrain reported. “Both police officers and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to hospital, and Labelle was closed until 7 p.m., so traffic in the area was a mess for several hours.”

“One of the pair suffered minor wounds in the accident,” she said, “and the other probably suffered a concussion in addition to knee and arm injuries from the impact. The driver of the other was also taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.”

The man who attacked the police officer was charged with assaulting a police officer, but he was taken to hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

“We found out afterward that he is known to police officers here in Laval for having hit a police officer who was trying to arrest him in a bar for disturbing the peace,” added Const. Lorrain. “The officer whom he was injured Aug. 19 has a severely sprained knee and will be off work for quite a while.”

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