A 42-year-old Winnipeg man was arrested for impaired driving after he recently crashed into a police vehicle near Lac du Bonnet.

As a result of a 911 call on July 7, 2018, just before 5:30pm, Lac du Bonnet RCMP responded to a possible impaired driver on Highway 11, near the Subway Restaurant in Lac du Bonnet. Officers attended immediately to the location. Going by a vehicle description of a pickup truck and plate number, officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

At approximately 5:50pm, RCMP received another 911 report of a suspected impaired driver. This time, it was reported that the vehicle was on Highway 11 near the intersection of Highway 214. Officers continued to patrol and located the pickup truck on Highway 11 at the intersection of Highway 44. Police say that the driver of the vehicle did not pull over and continued to drive erratically. Within a couple of kilometres, the vehicle pulled to the side of the road. The male driver then exited the vehicle and was informed he was under arrest. He then jumped back in the vehicle, put it in reverse, and accelerated backwards, crashing into the police vehicle as a result. The suspect then fled, but police were able to stop him approximately 100 metres away. The man exited his vehicle again and threw a bat and an axe at the police vehicle. The officer was able to get to the man and place him under arrest, at which time he spit on the officer.

RCMP report that 42-year-old Bradley Edward Lasko of Winnipeg has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, impaired operation, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, dangerous driving, assaulting a police officer with a weapon, mischief over $5000 and resisting arrest. Lasko was also wanted on warrants from Winnipeg Police Service.

It was noted that both the RCMP officer and Lasko received minor injuries during this incident.