A Halifax Regional Police officer was lucky to suffer only minor injuries after she was dragged by a fleeing pick-up truck during a traffic stop in Dartmouth early Thursday morning.
Police say the officer pulled over the driver for speeding at 12:15 a.m. in the area of Portland Street and Eisner Boulevard.
The 22-year-old driver, who the officer learned was unlicensed and uninsured, suddenly started up his truck and tried putting it into a gear.
That’s when the officer tried to prevent the driver from leaving, and during an altercation, was dragged about 30 feet by the moving truck before she fell to the road.
The officer suffered a minor road rash, then jumped back into her vehicle and chased after the driver.
About 15 minutes later, police say the driver and the truck were located on Alberni Lane.
“It could have been deadly,” Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said, noting the officer was lucky she didn’t get run over by a wheel when she fell to the ground.
The 22-year-old was arrested without incident and is due in court Thursday on charges of assaulting an police officer, assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from police.