Lethbridge Police have charged two men following an incident Saturday that resulted in a police officer being injured and two police cars and a civilian vehicle being damaged.
On Nov. 11, 2017 at approximately 5 p.m. police observed a traffic violation and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop and began driving erratically along icy roads where it struck a parked vehicle along the 300 block of 12 B Street North. The officer subsequently used his police cruiser to pin the vehicle up against a tree to prevent it from leaving the scene and putting members of the public at risk. The driver did not comply with police commands and continued to attempt to rock the vehicle back and forth trying to break free. Additional officers arrived to assist and two police cars were damaged as the driver continued his efforts to free his vehicle and disobey police commands to turn off the engine and exit. A sock round was ultimately discharged at the vehicle and the impact caused the driver discontinue his efforts to move the vehicle. The driver resisted arrest and an officer sustained minor injuries to his hand during the altercation.
Further investigation determined the driver was wanted on numerous warrants, the passenger was in breach of conditions and the licence plate was confirmed as stolen.
Jyi Mickell Trotter, 37, of Lethbridge, is charged with flight from a peace officer, dangerous driving, two counts of resisting a police officer, assault a police officer with a weapon, fail to stop at an accident and possession of stolen property.
Trotter was remanded in custody to appear in court Nov. 15.
John Elvis Jones, 25, of Lethbridge, is charged with breaching the conditions of recognizance. Jones was released from custody to appear in court Nov. 27.