Officer assaulted during impaired investigation

RCMP

On September 28th, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., a front-line officer with the Keremeos RCMP Detachment was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle collision in the 2000 block of Newton Road, Cawston.

Upon arrival, the officer observed a man behind the wheel of a pick-up truck parked on the side of the road. There was smoke coming from the engine. Its rear tires were caught on debris, but were continuously spinning, as the man had the gas pedal depressed to the floor. 

Subsequent to the vehicle being turned off, the driver, presenting as being impaired, was directed to exit his vehicle. Once the man got out of the truck, he became physically aggressive toward the officer, at one point, striking the officer in the face. The man was eventually able to be arrested without further harm to both the officer and himself.

The 48-year-old Cawston, resident faces charges of assaulting a police officer, impaired operation of a motor vehicle and failing to comply with his probation order. He is scheduled to appear in Penticton Provincial Court on December 16th, 2020.