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NEWS RELEASE · 3rd January 2012
New Hazelton RCMP
On January 1st, 2012, the New Hazelton RCMP were out conducting foot patrols of various New Years dances within various communities through out the area to prevent any future issues from arising.

At approximately 01:40 a.m., four officers were at the New Years dance in New Hazelton. During the officer's presence, there were two males who were attempting to fight one another. The police were present and observed this so they intervened separating the two males.

While the males were separated, one male attempted to assault the other male and a police officer attempted to arrest him. The male suspect resisted the arresting officer and other assisting officers resulting in an altercation. When the officer attempted to handcuff the suspect, he began pulling away and the officer attempted to force the male to the ground resulting in the officer and suspect both falling to the ground.

The officer then became injured and sustained a broken leg where he was later transported to the hospital by Ambulance. The male suspect was subsequently arrested by other officers and the second male suspect who was fighting fled the immediate area. The second suspect was located a short time later hiding in the bathroom at the social event and was also arrested.

Police are recommending charges under the Criminal Code for Causing a Disturbance, Resisting Arrest and Assaulting a Peace Officer Causing Bodily Harm for the suspect who fought with police. The suspect has since been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on February 17th, 2012, in New Hazelton.

The male is not well known to police and his name is not being released pending charge approval from Crown Counsel. The RCMP would like to thank all the members of the public who attended to the injured member at the scene offering assistance.

Should any member of the public have witnessed this incident, they are asked to contact Cst. G. STEWART or Sgt. J. PELLEY of the New Hazelton Detachment.