Two Winnipeg police officers required treatment in hospital Thursday after a scuffle with a suspect.
Police spotted a suspicious male passenger in a taxi cab at around 1:20 a.m. in the area of Maryland Street and Ellice Avenue.
When they tried to speak with him, the suspect provided a fake name and became uncooperative. Police say they tried to arrest him when the man punched an officer in the face, breaking one of his teeth. Another officer was kicked and injured.
A Taser was used to try and subdue the man, but it didn’t initially work. A second Taser charge was deployed, causing the man to fall to the ground.
As he was on the ground, he tried to discard 1.2 ounces of methamphetamine (valued at $2,000) from his pants, along with 1.5 grams of cocaine (valued at $150).
Police say it’s believed the suspect was high on methamphetamine prior to the incident.
Darren James Bear of Winnipeg, 38, has been charged with numerous offences, including two counts of assaulting a peace officer.
Bear also had two outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest for failing to comply with a probation order.
He remains in custody.