Winnipeg police announced charges on Monday against a man who they say stole a police cruiser and crashed it, injuring an officer and himself in the process.

Torben Timothy Campbell of no fixed address has been charged with a slew of offences including theft over $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and assaulting a peace officer.

Police allege that on Friday, a 28-year-old suspect was being held in the back of a cruiser car on Alexander Avenue when he managed to wriggle his handcuffed hands out from behind him, crawl into the driver's seat and put the vehicle in drive.

An officer jumped in the car as it sped off in an effort to stop the escape.

The cruiser smashed into a concrete fence, injuring the suspect, who required a trip to hospital.

An officer in the passenger seat also suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. He remains in hospital, police said.