Two men charged after police officer injured following pursuit

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
November 14, 2017 - 12:23pm

LETHBRIDGE – Two Lethbridge men have been charged in connection with an incident that left a Lethbridge Police officer injured and two police cars and a civilian vehicle damaged.

Around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, police observed a traffic violation and tried to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle continued, driving erratically along icy roads and striking a parked vehicle along the 300 block of 12 B Street North.

The officer used his cruiser to pin the vehicle against a tree, at which point the driver started to rock the vehicle back-and-forth in an attempt to break free. Additional officers arrived, and two police cruisers were damaged as the driver continued trying to free his vehicle. Ultimately, officers discharged a sock round at the vehicle, which stopped the driver’s attempts to flee. Police say the driver then resisted arrest, leading to minor injuries to one of the officers involved.

An investigation found the driver was wanted on numerous warrants, the passenger was in breach of conditions and the licence plate on the vehicle was stolen.

Jyi Michell Trotter, 37, has been charged with flight from a peace officer, dangerous driving, two counts of resisting a police officer, assaulting a police officer with a weapon, failing to stop at an accident and possession of stolen property. He will make his first court appearance on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

John Elvis Jones, 25, faces a single count of breaching conditions of a recognizance, and will appear in court Nov. 27.

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