Manitoba

Police officer dragged behind stolen truck during arrest attempt

Winnipeg police are looking for a suspect after an officer was dragged behind a stolen truck early Thursday.

In separate case, a man who threw bicycle at security guards charged with assault

A Winnipeg police officer is in hospital after being dragged behind a stolen truck early Friday. (CBC)

A Winnipeg police officer is in hospital after being dragged behind a stolen truck early Friday.

The 10-year-veteran of the service was responding to reports a man in a truck had been seen checking door handles on Brookstone Place near Waverley​ Street when he pulled the truck over on Waverley Street near John Angus Drive at about 4:30 a.m., police said in a news release.

Discovering the truck had been stolen, the officer was attempting to make an arrest when the suspect suddenly stepped on the gas, dragging the officer for a "substantial distance," according to police spokesperson Const. Jay Murray.

"The officer consequently suffered a number of injuries that will probably keep him in hospital for a little bit," Murray told reporters.

Winnipeg police spokesperson Const. Jay Murray says the 10-year-veteran of the WPS was dragged for a 'substantial distance' behind the speeding truck Friday morning. (CBC)

Police are asking for the public's help tracking down the man behind the wheel. He was last seen wearing a dark hat with glasses and driving a blue 2014 Toyota Tacoma double-cab truck with Manitoba plates HJW 249.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the man and/or the truck is asked to call 911.

Security guards assaulted with bicycle

Police have also made an arrest in another assault on peace officers that saw a man allegedly use his bicycle as a weapon against Health Sciences Centre security guards earlier this week.

The guards were escorting the man out of the hospital around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday after he went into a women's staff washroom when police say he began threatening to kill the guards.

The man allegedly threw his bicycle at the guards once they got him outside.

A 26-year-old man from Winnipeg has been charged after a man allegedly threw a bicycle at Health Sciences Centre security guards earlier this week. (CBC News)

Both guards were hit by the bike, one suffering minor injuries.

"Security personnel quite often face dangerous situations where they can be threatened and assaulted, and this incident further highlights that risk they face as part of the job," Murray said.

A 26-year-old man from Winnipeg has been charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and three counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

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