Man charged with numerous charges including assault after dragging a police officer with his vehicle for half a kilometer

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OTTAWA — Ottawa Police East Criminal Investigations Unit charged a man today in relation to an incident that occurred on May 14 on Montreal Road.

Shortly before 12 a.m. an officer stopped a vehicle for a Highway Traffic Offence. As the officer was speaking with the driver, the driver sped away, dragging the officer for half a kilometer, at which point the officer was thrown off the vehicle.

The vehicle sped away. The officer suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

East Criminal Investigators identified the driver as also being involved in an incident on March 18, where a man drove a vehicle into a park bench – causing damage – abandoned the vehicle and reported it stolen.

The suspect was arrested in Ottawa without incident yesterday afternoon.

Bradley Desgens, 36, of Ottawa is charged with:

  •       Assaulting a Peace Officer with a weapon
  •       Assault on a Peace Officer Causing Bodily Harm
  •       Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle Cause Bodily Harm
  •       Obstruction of Justice
  •       Unlawful possession of a Schedule I Substance

He was also charged with Public Mischief in relation to the March 18 incident.

He is scheduled to appear in court today.

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