Campbell River RCMP say their officer was “attacked” after stopping an impaired driver early Sunday morning.
The officer will survive, but the injuries are potentially serious, according to a statement from police.
After receiving a phone call about an intoxicated man, police located the suspect and pulled him over around 3 am. But instead of cooperating, the man allegedly assaulted the cop.
Two civilians jumped in and restrained the man until more police officers arrived and took him into custody.
Jay Douglas, 20, has been charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Douglas is from Alberta and is scheduled to appear in court in Campbell River on Monday.
“At this point in time we believe our officer will make a full recovery, but this is a disturbing reminder of the dangers our officers face on a daily basis while conducting routine investigations,” Const. Maury Tyre said in a release.
“The Campbell River RCMP would like to wish our officer a speedy recovery and thank the public for their assistance in this incident.”
The investigation into whether the driver was impaired is still ongoing.