Police seek witnesses of defiant driver who sped vehicle toward officer in East Vancouver

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      A speeding driver who directed his vehicle toward a police officer, as the officer was trying to pull the driver over in East Vancouver, has been arrested but investigators are now seeking witnesses.

      Around 3 p.m. on July 27, an officer was conducting speed enforcement near New Brighton Park on McGill Street, east of Renfrew Street, according to a Vancouver Police Department (VPD) news release issued today.

      When the officer saw a brown Toyota Corolla travelling at 96 kilometres per hour in a 50-kilometre zone, the officer signaled to the driver to pull over.

      Instead, the driver sped up and drove in the direction of the officer.

      VPD spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin said that the officer “fell onto the roadway while trying to get out of the way of the suspect’s vehicle, but was hit by the front bumper of that vehicle”.

      The officer was taken to hospital and has since been released but is recovering at home.

      The driver was arrested at the scene, and will potentially face charges of assaulting a police officer with a weapon, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and excessive speed.

      Anyone with information about this incident or anyone with dashcam footage from the area between 3 and 4 p.m. on July 27 is asked to call VPD investigators at 604-717-3012.

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