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A 49-year-old Fort William First Nation man has been charged after a Thunder Bay OPP officer was injured while conducting a traffic stop on Chippewa Road on Wednesday.

Police say the officer was struck after the vehicle being driven by the accused abruptly left while the officer was still speaking with him. A short distance later the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot into the nearby bush.

Officers from Thunder Bay OPP, assisted by the Thunder Bay Police Service, and Anishinabek Police Service attended the scene and set up a search perimeter.

The suspect was apprehended a short time later by the OPP Canine Unit as well as Thunder Bay Police Service Tactical Unit officers, who conducted a search of the area.

The officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment and released.

The accused was charged with the following offences:

  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Cause Bodily Harm.
  • Resist Peace Officer.
  • Assault Peace Officer.
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance.
  • Two counts of Drive While Under Suspension.
  • Use Plate Not Authorized for Vehicle.
  • Fail to Surrender Permit for Vehicle.
  • Operate Unsafe Vehicle.
  • Disobey Stop Sign.
  • Fail to Have Insurance Card.

The man has been remanded into custody at the Thunder Bay District Jail.