The 33-year-old man who was struck by a police car while being arrested near Beban Park in Nanaimo on Wednesday is facing multiple charges.
According to police, just before 10 a.m., an officer was on patrol near the ParticipACTION Park in Nanaimo when he saw a 33-year-old man who was arrestable for breach charges. According to police, the officer approached the man on foot and told him he was under arrest.
The suspect then allegedly pulled out a knife, told the officer he would kill him and then ran in the opposite direction. The officer, who police said had previous violent encounters with the man, got out his gun and went after the suspect.
The officer also told other officers that the suspect was armed and heading in the direction of the children’s playground in Beban Park.
Another officer soon arrived in the area then hit the suspect at a low speed with the front of his vehicle. The suspect flipped onto the hood of the vehicle and fell the ground. Police then took the suspect into custody and seized the knife. The suspect was treated for minor cuts and bruises at a local hospital. He was then taken to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment.
Police said the officer who struck the suspect with the vehicle took into consideration many factors, including his safety, the safety of nearby children and any unsuspecting pedestrians.
Kym Robert Arkell has been charged with uttering threats, obstruction, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, resisting arrest and breach of probation.
Arkell appeared in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Thursday and was remanded into custody until March 27. His next court appearance will be via video.