Charges laid after police officer allegedly struck with car - Metro US

Charges laid after police officer allegedly struck with car

A 37-year-old man is facing a number of charges after allegedly striking a plainclothes police officer with his car Thursday in Dartmouth.

Police say two officers stopped a vehicle on Farrell Road around 12:30 p.m. and approached the car on foot, identifying themselves as police.

The driver, who had been previously prohibited from driving, allegedly opened his door, but then put the car in reverse and accelerated backwards, hitting one of the officers.

“The officer had a minor abrasion on his leg from the car door,” said Staff Sgt. Brenda Zima. “He did not need to be taken to hospital.”

The suspect then struck a dumpster, said Zima, and was taken to hospital for treatment of a minor head injury. He faces charges of assault with a weapon, resisting arrest, driving while prohibited and possession of marijuana.

This was the second reported attack on a Halifax police officer this week. Another officer was sent to hospital Tuesday with facial injuries after a prisoner allegedly attacked him with a flashlight on the Bedford Highway.

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