Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 07/2/2013 11:36 AM
Last Modified: 07/2/2013 4:37 PM | Updates
While thousands of people were enjoying fireworks at The Forks Monday evening, Winnipeg police were dealing with their own explosive situation.
A 20-year-old woman is accused of striking a young child with her car, deliberately bumping the kid’s irate father with the same vehicle and then biting a police officer who was attempting to arrest her.
A video of the incident — captured by someone in the crowd — was posted on Facebook Tuesday. The 110-second clip shows the woman seemingly refusing to budge from her Pontiac Sunfire while an officer reaches in to shut off the ignition. Another officer then assists him in pulling the woman out the open window of her car and down to the ground.
Her arrest is met with loud cheers from people on the scene, many of whom were also shouting profanities at the woman.
The incident began around 11:30 p.m. as the woman was attempting to leave The Forks following the Canada Day fireworks show. Police say the woman, in a rush to get out of the crowded area, hit the child but caused no major injury.
"The father of the child became upset, at which time the female proceeded to drive her car into him multiple times attempting to push him out of the way. Again, no injuries were sustained," police said in a news release.
Officers were called to the area, but things only got worse.
"Attending members instructed the female to pull her vehicle off to the side of the road repeatedly, which she refused. Due to the heavy pedestrian traffic, the female was unable to proceed any further. It was at this time officers requested that she turn off the ignition to her vehicle for public safety reasons. Again, she refused," police said.
"As a result of the circumstances presented, one of the officers reached into the vehicle, turning the ignition off. While doing so, the female proceeded to bite the officer, causing an injury."
The woman is now facing a long list of charges including assaulting a peace officer, failing to stop and remain stopped by a peace officer, and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
A 17-year-old female passenger was also arrested and charged with obstruction. Both women were released on promises to appear in court, so their names have not been disclosed.
Updated on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM CDT: Adds video
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
15 arrested at demonstration in Ferguson
'Fifth Estate' questions CBC's Ghomeshi probe
S and P upholds rating, confident province will balance books
Selinger sidesteps questions on rules for leadership race
Winnipeg Airports Authority's debt soars to $646.3 million
Hutchinson stands out in Jets' overtime loss
Teen who killed party-goer with punch avoids jail
Police looking for a suspect in an alleged road rage incident that left a man dead
Bowman to attend Grey Cup, promote Winnipeg as a tourist destination
When pigs fly? Not on this US Airways plane
Doug & Buck gear up for Grey Cup
Harper announces $500 million vaccination aid
Water problems not linked to frozen underground lines, city says
Police seek help in finding teen last seen in Fort Rouge
Key of Bart: Let It Blow
Officer gets 6-day suspension for pushing woman
Black Friday gets a little less frenzied
Agreement ends standoff at Jenpeg station
Winnipeg man jailed for assaulting girlfriend, off-duty officer
Expanded powers for conservation officers
Bowman to introduce proposals next week to keep campaign promises
RCMP arrest Norway House man and woman after finding drugs, cash
City considers annual review for CAO
Guay Park riverbank cash not lost, but project's future unclear
Winnipeg shoppers hope for Black Friday deals
Manitoba Music director leaves to launch record-label expansion
Snow-route parking ban begins Monday
Polar bears return to enclosure
Japanese paper regrets use of term 'sex slaves'
Hospital says Pele's condition is improving
Adult sentence sought for youth in assault case
Oswald says she's being wooed
Thalidomide survivor hopes ongoing help around the corner
Earthling to touch down in city
Battery-powered bus to hit city streets
Man arrested after multiple stabbings
New community-mailbox sites in St. Vital
As holiday season approaches, multiplexes start to fill with cinematic gifts
Michael Hutchinson: the comeback kid