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London police officer dragged by vehicle stolen from local dealership

London Police are looking for a suspect after an officer was dragged by a stolen vehicle last weekend.

The officer was not hurt. A search is underway for the driver.

(File/CBC)

London Police are looking for a suspect after an officer was dragged by a stolen vehicle last weekend.

Police said an SUV was taken from a car dealership in the 600 block of Wharncliffe Road South at around 4:15 a.m. on Sunday March 31.

Later that morning, members of the Street Crime Unit found the vehicle in a parking lot on Wavell Street in the city's east end.

Police allege that when officers approached the SUV, a female passenger fled on foot, and the male driver backed up into an unmarked police car. The vehicle then moved forward mounting a curb, a sidewalk and a lawn while dragging an officer.

Police said the officer was able to free himself before the vehicle fled the area. He was not injured.

A woman was arrested nearby.

Police have charged a 36-year-old London man by warrant with a series of offences, including:

  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Failure to stop for police
  • Obstruction of a peace officer
  • Operating  a motor vehicle while prohibited
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Failure to comply with three recognizances

A 21-year-old woman has been charged with possession of property under $5,000 obtained by crime.

The police vehicle sustained about $4,000 in damages.