Three men from Victoria and West Vancouver have been charged after a Vancouver police officer was taken to hospital with significant injuries after he was assaulted during a routine traffic stop in the downtown core Tuesday night.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, police said that just after 10 p.m., two patrol officers saw a Dodge Durango drive through a restricted area of Granville Street.
They stopped the vehicle on Robson Street, between Granville and Seymour Streets. Police say three men inside, all in their early 20s, were confrontational and verbally abusive.
“The officers became concerned for their safety as the occupants refused to follow police direction and began reaching under the seat,” police said.
. @VancouverPD say an officer was assaulted during a routine traffic stop Tuesday night in downtown #Vancouver. 3 men arrested, including one from #VictoriaBC. Charges have neen forwarded to Crown. More to come @BlackPressMedia
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When one of the officers opened the passenger door, he was pulled into the vehicle and punched repeatedly in his head and face, according to police. The other officer rushed to help.
The three men then got out of the vehicle and continued to assault the officers, who had called for emergency back-up.
Before other officers arrived, police said, one man ran from the scene and was chased by an uninjured officer.
“The suspect ran through a red light at Robson Street and Seymour Street and was struck by a vehicle. He continued to run until he was arrested by the pursuing officer on Richards Street between Robson and Smithe,” police said.
Brendan John Robinson, 21, and Troy Michael Robinson, 22, both of West Vancouver, are each charged with assault police officer causing bodily harm and willfully obstructing a police officer.
Brian Benjamin Allen, 24, Victoria resident, is charged with possession of stolen property under $5000 for allegedly taking the injured officer’s cell phone.
“This sort of incident affects the entire policing community,” said Sgt. Jason Robillard. “We wish our officer a speedy recovery and will ensure the officer and his family have the support they need.”
Police recommended criminal charges to Crown counsel, including assault causing bodily harm, assault against a police officer, theft and obstruction. Other charges, related to alcohol and drugs seized from the vehicle, are also being considered.