The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating an incident involving an officer who was dragged by a vehicle during a traffic stop.
According to a release, on Tuesday, July 3, the OPP’s Highway Safety Division (HSD) Crime Unit commenced the investigation after an officer was discovered injured on the side of the highway.
Police say the officer had conducted a traffic stop on the left shoulder of the roadway in the area of Highway 400 southbound and Finch Avenue in Toronto around 12:30 am.
During the traffic stop, the officer was speaking to a male driver when he fled at a high rate of speed.
The officer was then caught on the vehicle and dragged a distance before he was able to break free.
The driver continued down the highway at a high speed in a black Audi.
Media release regarding officer struck on July 3, 2018. Media contact PC Lauren Ball 415-428-0053 ^lb pic.twitter.com/b9OHJX2tCz
— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) July 5, 2018
Investigators are urging the driver of the incident to turn himself in and are asking the public for assistance.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the investigating officer, Detective Constable Tara Bolstad at 416-518-3393 or the Toronto OPP detachment at 416-235-4981.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible to receive a reward of up to $2000.