Nanaimo RCMP say a man was struck by a police vehicle while being arrested near Beban Park Wednesday morning.
Police said just before 10 a.m., an officer was on patrol near the ParticipACTION Park in Nanaimo when he saw a 33-year-old man from Nanaimo 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.
“I could see how they were trying to head him off, they were going in both directions and there was undercover and a police dog was there and yeah it was quick, they responded very quickly and seriously.” said witness Holly Pettigrew.
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.
According to police, the suspect has a propensity for violence, weapons and unpredictable behaviour. He is facing numerous charges including several breach of condition charges, possession of a weapon and uttering threats. He may have a bail hearing Wednesday night or Thursday.