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Officer assaulted at Cawston collision scene

FILE PHOTO- Police have laid several charges against a Cawston man following an incident in the SImilkameen community earlier this week.
September 30, 2020 - 10:29 AM

A Cawston man faces assault and impaired charges following an incident in Cawston earlier this week.

Around 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, a Keremeos RCMP officer attended a motor vehicle collision in the 2000 block of Newton Road in Cawston.

Once on scene, the officer noticed a man behind the wheel of a pickup truck parked on the side of the road.

There was smoke coming from the engine and the rear tires were spinning on debris as the driver had floored the gas pedal.

The driver, who appeared intoxicated, was directed to exit the vehicle, but once out of the truck he became aggressive towards the officer, striking him in the face at one point.

The man was eventually arrested without further harm to either the suspect or the officer, Const. James Grandy said in a press release issued this morning, Sept. 30.

A 48-year-old Cawston man faces charges of assaulting a police officer, impaired operation of a motor vehicle and failing to comply with a probation order.

The man faces a court appearance in Penticton on Dec. 16.

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