(THUNDER BAY, ON) – An officer with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) is lucky that he did not sustain life-threatening injuries during on incident Saturday night.
Party-goers that were on the patio of the Pier 61 (bar attached to the Midtown) say that they witnessed a vehicle getting pulled over.
When an officer approached the drivers side door, discussions took place between the driver and the officer.
Soon after the officer appeared to be struggling with the driver as they were in the vehicle, possibly attempting to remove the person from the car or turn off the ignition according to witnesses. That’s when the driver threw the vehicle in “drive” and fled the scene, dragging the officer along for the ride while still on the outside of the vehicle.
The officer fell onto the roadway after being dragged down Cumberland for an undetermined distance, but not very far.
We believe that the suspect was still at-large in the public as of about 6:00 am this morning, as no one with charges that would match this incident appeared in court. We are working hard to follow up on this incident.
UPDATE: Police media release below confirms what we reported on.
Thunder Bay Police Service officers on patrol in the zero-to-100 block area of Cumberland Street North spotted a vehicle just after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 8 that had been reported stolen earlier.
After confirming the vehicle was reported stolen, officers pulled up beside it with their emergency lights on.
Two females — one passenger and one driver – were in the vehicle as police approached.
The passenger exited the vehicle, however, the driver became uncooperative and began to struggle with one of the responding officers.
The driver put the vehicle in to drive and sped northbound on Cumberland Street, dragging an officer with her for a short distance before he fell off the vehicle.
The driver of the stolen vehicle also collided with the passenger-side of a police vehicle while fleeing the area.
Despite the dangers of this incident, the officer did not sustain significant injuries during this altercation.
The police vehicle was damaged as a result of the collision.
The Thunder Bay Police Service continues to investigate this incident and is working toward identifying the female driver who fled from police.
The stolen vehicle is described as a dark grey 2018 or 2019 four-door Toyota Corolla. No suspect description is available at this time.