A 25-year-old Brampton man has been charged after an Ontario Provincial Police officer was dragged as a car sped away during a traffic stop on Monday morning.
Peel police say around 9 a.m., Const. Patrick Chatelain pulled over a driver on Hurontario Street, just south of Highway 403, in Mississauga.
According to police, the driver then fled north on Hurontario, dragging the officer for about 200 metres.
Officers later found the abandoned vehicle a few kilometres away.
Peel police arrested the suspect, Ian Anthony Green, around 6 p.m. and charged him with obstructing a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing bodily harm and fail to remain at scene of accident causing bodily harm.
He was being held for a bail hearing and was due in court on Tuesday.
Investigators want to speak with three other people who were in the car with Green.
Chatelain — a four-year-veteran of the Port Credit detachment — was taken to Sunnybrook hospital with what was initially reported to be serious injuries.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt updated his condition late Monday, saying the officer’s injuries were minor.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Chatelain thanked his fellow officers for their “amazing efforts and diligent work.
He also expressed his gratitude to paramedics.
“I am grateful for the care I received by my fellow paramedics of Peel Regional Paramedic Services,” he wrote.
“My family and I would like to thank our friends, colleagues and the members of the public who have reached out with warm messages of support. I have started on the road to recovery and look forward to once again putting on the uniform and serving our neighbours.”
Statement from Provincial Constable Patrick Chatelain who was injured during a traffic stop on Monday, September 4, 2017.
"…Thank You" pic.twitter.com/Hdgknsg02j
— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) September 5, 2017
With a file from The Canadian Press