Driver who fled roadblock now facing assault charges against police officer

An Abbotsford police officer suffered minor injuries Saturday night after a man fled a CounterAttack roadblock at Blueridge Drive and Thornhill Place.

An Abbotsford police officer suffered minor injuries Saturday night after a man fled a CounterAttack roadblock at Blueridge Drive and Thornhill Place.

The man pulled up to the roadblock at about 11:15 p.m. while driving a mini van. Sgt. Casey Vinet said the driver provided a false name, and an officer then indicated the man was under arrest.

Instead of getting out of the vehicle, the driver attempted to put his vehicle into gear, while the officer tried to stop him, suffering minor injuries to his face and arm.

The driver was able to get away, but was arrested later at his residence. The 25-year-old, who did not have a driver’s licence and was in violation of a court-ordered curfew, is currently accused of assaulting a police officer in Langley.

Vinet said police will now recommend similar charges in Abbotsford.

He said 10 officers have been assaulted this year in the city. All the incidents were minor and involved things such as kicking, punching and pushing.