For police officers in Canada, the fight against impaired driving takes on many forms. On some nights officers are patrolling the roadways in search of drunk drivers, while others spend their time stationed at checkpoints in an effort to catch anyone who drives past. These nights usually end up with the impaired driver in jail or subject to a roadside suspension, but for one police officer in Winnipeg, a routine checkpoint designed to catch drunk drivers almost turned deadly after he was dragged down the road beside a car.
The procedure when stopping an impaired driver varies according to law enforcement policy and province, but if an officer suspects you of drinking and driving, he or she may ask you to exit your vehicle and submit to a breathalyzer test and/or field sobriety tests. At this particular checkpoint, the officer was attempting to assess a suspected impaired driver when that driver managed to jump back into his vehicle and drive away.
An officer approached the car in an attempt to stop the suspect, but he kept driving. That’s when he was dragged down the road, and he hit another vehicle before he pulled himself free. Thankfully the officer is alive and doing well, and it’s shocking that he only suffered bumps and bruises in the process.
The suspect managed to get away, and when the police found the car later on that evening it was crashed into a median and abandoned. At this point, the man hasn’t been found.
For the police officer, it might have been just another day at work, but this is a great example of the complete dedication of Canadian police to the fight against impaired driving. Every impaired driver who manages to evade a checkpoint or in this case, drive away from one, is one drunk driver on the road too many. It’s also a great reminder that if you drink, don’t drive, because the police will go to any lengths to stop you if you do.