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Two Mounties hurt after impaired driver grabs hold of taser in Surrey

Last Updated Feb 3, 2020 at 5:05 pm PST

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Summary

A man became combative after Surrey RCMP officers pulled him over near 24th Avenue and 184th Street

Two Mounties were injured but have since been released from hospital

The 41-year-old Surrey resident was ultimately arrested and is facing a number of criminal charges

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Two Mounties are recovering from injuries after an arrest of a suspected impaired driver took a violent turn Sunday.

A man became combative after Surrey RCMP officers pulled him over near 24th Avenue and 184th Street.

“The driver exited his vehicle and, as police detained him, he allegedly began fighting aggressively and attempted to remove the firearms from their holsters,” says a release from police.

The man managed to get a hold of one officer’s taser, which he fired into his own leg and then into one of the officer’s feet.

After a call for backup the man was arrested.

The 41-year-old Surrey resident is facing a number of criminal charges including two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and two counts of assault with intent to resist arrest.

The two Mounties have been released from hospital.

“The job of policing brings with it a certain amount of risk, especially when we pull over vehicles and interact with a people we may have limited information on,” says Cst. Richard Wright in a statement.

“This incident serves as an example of how quickly a situation can change for police, especially when a suspected intoxicated individual is involved.”