Lethbridge Police are investigating after an early morning incident where an officer was dragged and then struck by a stolen vehicle as the driver fled the scene in order to evade arrest.
During the early morning hours January 30, 2018 police responded to a report of car prowling in the area of 20 Avenue South. An officer attended and was searching the area on foot when he witnessed a Lincoln MKX pull into a parking lot along the 2100 block of Palm Road South at a high rate of speed. The vehicle matched the description of one that had previously been reported stolen and the officer subsequently approached the driver’s side door. The driver was instructed to exit the vehicle and when he did not comply the officer tried the door handle. The driver put the vehicle in reverse and the officer was dragged a short distance. He stepped away from the vehicle and continued to instruct the driver to stop and get out. The vehicle drove forward for a short distance and then reversed, striking the officer and pushing him back several feet before he was able to move out of the way and avoid being run over.
The vehicle fled the scene north on Palm Road at a high rate of speed and then turned east onto 20 Avenue South. Attempts by additional officers to locate the vehicle and driver were unsuccessful.
The officer sustained minor bumps and bruises and did not require medical treatment.
The vehicle is described as a white Lincoln MKX with licence plate BBT-8529. The driver is described as a Caucasian male, with light coloured curly or messy hair and light coloured eyes. He was wearing a white t-shirt.
The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone who has information or observes the stolen vehicle to come forward. Call police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous Crime Stoppers tips can also be submitted online at www.tipsubmit.com. Crime Stoppers will pay cash for information leading to an arrest.