Impaired driver resists arrest, assaults RCMP member

**** RCMP Media Release

Charges are pending against an impaired driver​ that​ resisted arrest and assaulted​ an RCMP member​ on May 19.​ ​

At approximately 9:50 p.m., a member of Annapolis County RCMP was on patrol on Hwy. 1 in Wilmot when​ a vehicle was noted driving suspiciously slowly. A query of the licence plate showed that it was stolen. The vehicle turned into a driveway and the driver got out.

The member approached​ and​ noticed signs of impairment. The driver was told​ that he was under arrest for Possession of Stolen Property and Impaired Driving.​ The driver then assaulted the member, got back into the vehicle and tried to flee with the​ driver’s side​ door still open. The member reached through the open door and attempted to remove the man from the vehicle.​ The man continued​ to​ drive​ forward, hitting the police vehicle, then backward, hitting a tree.

In an effort to end a dangerous situation, the member administered OC spray, also known as pepper spray. The​ driver then​ got out of the vehicle, assaulted the member​ again and took off into the woods on foot.

The​ RCMP Police Dog Team and Kings District RCMP​ searched the area but the suspect was not located.

The man was later located and arrested without incident. A 36-year-old man from Wilmot is facing charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Impaired Driving,​ Resisting Arrest and Assault of a Peace Officer and will be appearing in Digby Provincial Court this morning.

The member was taken to hospital for minor injuries. A ten-year-old who was in the car during the incident was also taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. The incident caused minor damage to the police vehicle.

Anyone with who witnessed this incident is asked to contact Halifax District RCMP at​ 902​ 490-5020.​ Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at, or use the P3 Tips App.

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