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Transit officer suffers broken hip in Surrey crash, wanted man eludes police

Last Updated Nov 5, 2020 at 6:27 pm PDT

Summary

Surrey RCMP says a Transit Police officer sustained 'a serious injury' in a crash Wednesday night

Police say officer was trying to help arrest a man with a Canada-wide warrant and 'loaded firearms' when crash happened

Mounties say crash involving Transit Police officer happened near 128 Street and 93 Avenue before 11 p.m. Wednesday

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — A Metro Vancouver Transit Police officer suffered a fractured hip during a crash in Surrey late Wednesday while responding to a call involving a man still wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.

Around 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, transit officers checked on a man believed to be Sean Trevor Cuddeford, who is wanted for break-and-enter, near the Surrey Central Station, says a release from MVTP Chief Dave Jones.

When officers tried to arrest the 33-year-old, he resisted and fought with officers, according to MVTP. Transit police say he broke free twice and took off, leaving behind a hockey bag containing a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 calibre handgun, as well as a rifle-style pellet gun.

Another transit officer, responding to a call for assistance in the arrest, was involved in a crash at 128 Street and 93 Avenue. It’s unclear what caused the crash or if it was related to the attempted arrest.

The officer, who remains in hospital, sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, including a fractured hip, says MVTP. The officer was scheduled for a second surgery Thursday.

“Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this collision,” says Jones.

Images show debris scattered in front of a building in the area, as well as tire marks leading from the street and through a patch of grass. Reports suggested the vehicle was an unmarked SUV, however, police have not confirmed that detail. There are also reports that a sedan was involved in the incident and hit a bus pole.

Police are still looking for Cuddeford, who has no fixed address and is well known to police.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cuddeford is asked to contact Transit Police at 604-516-7419 or text the code 87.77.77.