WINNIPEG — Two police officers were dragged by an SUV while attempting to conduct a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.
Officers with the Guns and Gangs Unit spotted a man known to them enter a vehicle contrary to his driver’s licence suspension at around 2:25 p.m.
They pulled the vehicle over in the area of William Avenue and Harriet Street, when it suddenly reversed and accelerated as police were speaking with the people inside.
Both officers were dragged as the passenger held on to one of their arms. The SUV then hit a nearby car and accelerated forward, nearly hitting one of the officers.
One of the officers jumped into the SUV to avoid being run over and was able to stop the vehicle near William Avenue and Isabel Street.
The driver and passenger were both taken into custody. A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded .22 calibre handgun with numerous rounds of ammunition.
One officer suffered minor injuries from the ordeal.
Quentin Gerald Richard Bird of Winnipeg, 30, faces numerous charges, including weapons offences and causing bodily harm.
Janessa Alicia Gordon, 23, of Sioux Lookout, Ontario, has been charged with assaulting a peace officer.
Both suspects remain in custody.