Man arrested after Abbotsford, B.C. officer dragged by vehicle

The 33-year-old driver of a Nissan Sentra is facing multiple criminal charges after trying to evade police, while the officer who was dragged escaped with minor injuries.

33-year-old driver of Nissan Sentra faces multiple charges, while officer escapes with minor injuries

The Abbotsford Police Department is conducting multiple road checks over the Canada Day weekend. On Saturday, July 1, around 8 a.m. PT, an officer was dragged by a vehicle after stopping a man in a red Nissan Sentra. (Abbotsford Police)

Abbotsford, B.C. police say a 33-year-old man is facing multiple criminal charges after trying to evade officers following an incident in which an officer was dragged by a car.

Police said the incident occurred after a routine traffic stop Saturday morning.

Police stopped the driver of a red Nissan Sentra just after 8 a.m. PT Saturday morning near the intersection of Bevan Avenue and Ware Street.

'Short, physical altercation'

"The driver sped off, dragging the officer for approximately one block," said Abbotsford police in a release.

The officer was able to climb inside the vehicle that was dragging him, police said, adding a "short, physical altercation" occurred before the officer jumped out of the vehicle.

Police say the driver then drove off. A pursuit lasted about eight blocks before police stopped the chase.

About an hour after the altercation , officers from Abbotsford along with the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service and RCMP Fraser Valley Traffic Service found the vehicle on Number 3 Road near Yarrow B.C.

A male pulled over and surrendered, police said. The suspect faces several charges, including flight from police, dangerous driving, assault with a weapon, assault of a police officer and driving while prohibited.

Police say they're still investigating and are asking anyone with information to call 604-859- 5225, text 222973 (abbypd), or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-8477.