A Penticton RCMP officer required hospital treatment after being injured while attempting to arrest a prolific offender about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the parking lot of Denny’s restaurant.
The Mountie suffered a dislocated finger after the man allegedly used a small hatchet during an altercation at the time of his arrest.
The second officer’s glasses were broken at the same time however he was not hurt, according to Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth.
The situation began a short time earlier when the two members of the Targeted Enforcement Unit spotted a vehicle with a man they identified as being wanted on outstanding warrants leaving a residence. RCMP followed the vehicle to Denny’s at 939 Burnaby Ave. West.
According to Wrigglesworth, police boxed the vehicle in and the suspect was observed jumping from the rear passenger seat of a Jeep Cherokee into the hatch area.
After the altercation the man was arrested with the help of a member of the public who was a passenger in the car.
Police identified the man they arrested on the outstanding warrants which included several breach of probation, possession of stolen property and failing to appear matters as Lawrence Jordan Brown. Wrigglesworth said police are also recommending charges against the same individual of assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon. According to the court registry online, those charges were laid on Feb. 8.
Brown appeared in provincial court in Penticton Thursday and is scheduled to return March 8.
“Thankfully the police officers were OK, the weapon being a hatchet and the assistance of a member of the general public was certainly helpful,” said Wrigglesworth.