© Carole Morris-Underhill
One man has been arrested after a Windsor RCMP officer was struck by a vehicle.
The RCMP has laid several charges against a 19-year-old man who allegedly hit an RCMP officer with his vehicle and then fleeing the scene.
Cody Andrew Prudhomme, 19, of Falmouth, is facing multiple Criminal Code charges, including assault with a weapon, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, failing to stop for police, resisting arrest and dangerous driving.
Prudhomme has been remanded into custody and is due to appear in Windsor court Monday morning.
Prior to Prudhomme being charged in relation to the alleged hit and run, Cpl. Scott MacRae, an RCMP spokesperson, said the Southwest Major Crime Unit was investigating the case, examining the sequence of events, and would be determining the appropriate charges to lay against the suspect.
“One thing is for sure, this young, 19-year-old man will definitely be facing what I’m calling some serious criminal code charges,” said MacRae in an earlier interview.
Shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday night, Sept. 20, outside the Ultramar gas station on Wentworth Road in Windsor, an officer was struck by a black Dodge Dakota truck with a roll bar and large mud tires with black rims.
MacRae said the officer, a member of the Windsor RCMP detachment, sustained lower body injuries from the incident.
“He’s expected to make a full recovery after his ordeal last night,” said MacRae Sunday morning, noting the RCMP officer’s injuries were mainly to his legs.
MacRae said he couldn’t go into specific details about the incident but said the officer was investigating a theft at the time he was hit.
“He wanted to talk or deal with the suspect when… something went wrong,” said MacRae, noting the officer “got dragged a little bit” before the driver allegedly backed over him.
The driver then allegedly fled the scene in the vehicle. About an hour later, the RCMP located the truck travelling on Highway 354 near the Bull Meadows shooting range in Upper Rawdon and pursued the vehicle after the driver did not pull over when instructed to do so. The RCMP is reporting that the truck then left the road, crashing in the woods.
It was initially thought the suspect may have sustained a broken leg. The province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) was called to investigate.
“He was tended to by EHS, taken to hospital, where it was found out he just had some very minor injuries,” said MacRae.
After reviewing the medical information, SIRT concluded their investigation into the matter. In a press release issued by SIRT staff, it was noted that the suspect did not “suffer any injuries that meet SIRT’s definition of serious injury.”