On Sunday, June 2, 2013 members of the RCMP received a report regarding a stolen vehicle from the West St Paul area.
On Friday, June 7, 2013, at around 8:30 pm, members of the Winnipeg Police Service observed the subject vehicle in the 500 block of Stella Ave. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle the driver intentionally rammed the unmarked Police cruiser head on causing minor injuries to two (2) Police Officers.
The driver of the stolen vehicle fled the scene, struck a hydro pole shortly thereafter and fled the area on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody in the area of Flora Avenue and Parr Street.
Police report Antonio Andrew Quijada Lavallee (21) of Winnipeg was detained at the Provincial Remand Center and is facing the following charges:
- Assault Peace Officer with a weapon or causing bodily harm x 2
- Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Flight from Police Officer
- Possess Goods Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Breach of Probation
- Fail to Comply Conditions of Undertaking
- Drive Without a Licence
Police pursuits are dangerous propositions that pose a high degree of risk to the public, Police Officers and suspects.
Pursuits involving unmarked Police cruisers are rare and it’s not clear from the Police media release if the officers involved in this incident initiated a pursuit with the suspect or if the officers merely encountered the stolen vehicle and were rammed when they tried to make the arrest.
Police policy regarding pursuits has significantly evolved over the years and places limitations on Police Officers operating unmarked cruiser cars regarding their ability to engage or participate in a pursuit.
It does not appear that Air1 was involved in this incident.
During my career in Law Enforcement I was involved in over a dozen vehicle pursuits. None of these incidents ended with injuries to suspects, officers or members of the public. Police Pursuits are extremely intense experiences. Officers involved in pursuits often experience intense physiological effects such as;
- Increased adrenal activity
- Increased heart rate
- Increased respiration
- Vasoconstriction of the extremities
- Pupil dilation
- Motor performance function deteriorates
- Visual performance function deteriorates, loss of peripheral vision (tunnel vision)
- Auditory exclusion
- Cognitive deterioration – reaction time increases 400%, horizontal decision-making becomes inhibited
EFFECTS SOURCE – EAST MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY STUDY