Souris man arrested after assault on RCMP officers

Published on May 19, 2014

A 23-year-old Souris man was arrested with help from bystanders after he allegedly assaulted two Kings District RCMP officers Sunday morning.

The officers were responding to a complaint at a Souris business at 2:15 a.m. when they arrested the man.

An off-duty Halifax police officer and two males who were passing by stopped to help the RCMP officers restrain the man and put him in a police vehicle.

The two RCMP officers sustained minor injuries that didn’t require medical attention.

The Souris man faces two charges of resisting arrest, a charge of causing a disturbance, two charges of assaulting a police officer, two charges of uttering threats to damage property and two charges of uttering threats to the officers involved.

He has been remanded into custody and will appear in court in Charlottetown on May 20.

In a news release, the RCMP said assaults on police officers are rare in P.E.I. but have the potential for serious injuries.

The RCMP said it was grateful for the help from the off-duty officer and the bystanders, which contributed to the incident being resolved without any serious injury.

Kings District RCMP also arrested a 19-year-old Souris West man Sunday morning for impaired driving after he was stopped at a checkpoint in Rollo Bay.

The officers at the checkpoint saw an open box of beer in the vehicle and the driver failed the roadside screening test.

He later provided breath samples that were over the legal limit.

The man was held in custody overnight and is scheduled to appear in court in Georgetown July 17.