OPP officer dragged nearly 25 metres by stolen SUV
An OPP officer was lucky to escape serious injury after he was dragged nearly 25 metres by a stolen SUV fleeing from police in south London.
A Middlesex OPP officer pulled over a grey Ford Edge that was trying to enter Highway 401 by going the wrong way on Exeter Road on Friday at 12:10 a.m.
The SUV was directed into a hotel parking lot, where it was determined the vehicle had been stolen in London, police said.
But when the officer told the driver to turn off the vehicle, the man drove away in reverse, dragging the officer, police said.
“This was a blatant disregard for the officer’s safety,” OPP Const Adam Crewdson said.
The SUV dragged the officer for nearly 25 metres before it shifted into drive and the officer was dislodged, Crewdson said, adding the vehicle was last seen driving down Exeter toward the 401 near Wellington Road.
The officer, who had scrapes and bruises, was treated at hospital for minor injuries.
The OPP issued an alert to other Southwestern Ontario police forces to be on the lookout for the SUV (licence plate BVKC 355), but it hadn’t been recovered by Friday.
Four people — three black men and a black woman — were inside the vehicle, police said.
The woman had bleached blonde hair and was wearing a pink tank top. One of the men had a heavily tattooed left arm, while another was wearing large diamond earrings.
In addition to possession of stolen property, the driver could now be charged with assault and dangerous driving, Crewdson said.
“We have a driver that could have made the right choice . . . (but) he made the choice to escalate it and put lives at risk.”