Court date slated in assault charge

The man charged with assaulting a police officer is awaiting his next court appearance.

  • Jul. 11, 2014 8:00 p.m.

The man charged with assaulting a police officer is awaiting his next court appearance.

Ryan Kozuchar, 23, is in provincial court July 15 to consult with counsel.

The alleged incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. June 21 on the Barkerville Highway when police conducted a traffic stop of a suspected impaired driver. The officer made the legal demand for the driver to provide a sample of his breath as part of the impaired driving investigation.

The driver refused to provide the required breath sample and was advised that he was under arrest for refusing to provide a breath sample. At this point, it is alleged that the 67-year-old driver and his 23-year-old male passenger (Kozuchar) became combative and began striking the officer multiple times to the head. The police officer radioed for emergency backup. A second officer arrived on scene and came to his aid at which point the suspects fled into a residence.

Additional police personnel arrived quickly on scene and began tending to the injured officer while awaiting the arrival of BC Ambulance Services.

The injured officer was transported to Quesnel’s G.R. Baker Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries including head injuries and a dislocated shoulder. He is expected to make a full recovery.

A perimeter was established around the residence and for the next four hours, police attempted to make contact with and negotiate the two suspects out of the residence.

Police entered the residence shortly before 2 a.m. and arrested the two males with the assistance of the police dog. The 23-year-old male suspect sustained a minor laceration to his leg after he was bit by the police dog during the arrest. He was transported to G.R. Baker Hospital by police where he received three stitches to his wound.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: City rescinds evacuation alert; CRD reduces Narcosli Creek Fire evacuation order, alerts

Ten properties have been taken off evacuation order and put on alert

Narcosli Creek Fire now 70% contained, more resources allocated in North Cariboo

Blackwater River and North Baezaeko fires remain zero per cent contained

UPDATED: Single-lane alternating traffic on Highway 97 near Alexandria

Drive BC reports a vehicle incident has reduced traffic on the road

Three new fires yesterday in Cariboo Fire Centre: Aug. 16 update

Up-to-date information about wildfires, evacuation orders and alerts in the Cariboo Fire Centre

Quesnel’s program to attract and retain new residents

Susan Paulsen rolls out the red carpet treatment to help new residents adjust

B.C. wildfires 2018: Hazy skies impacting crews in spotting new fires

18,000 people are on an evacuation alert, with 3,000 homes under an evacuation order

Minister optimistic after 2 days of Columbia River Treaty negotiations

Canadian and U.S. officials met in Nelson Wednesday and Thursday to discuss future of the treaty

Man dies in B.C. police cell while awaiting court hearing

An independent investigation is underway after a man died while in Penticton police custody Aug. 16

RCMP appeal for tips, dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of Calgary

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre

2 nurses attacked at B.C. psych hospital, union calls for in-unit security

PHSA says that in-unit guards would do more harm than good

Former B.C. optician won’t be jailed for sexually assaulting minor

Kenneth Pilkington sentenced to 24 months’ probation for offence three decades ago

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

B.C. program to educate parents reduces ‘shaken baby syndrome’ by 35%

Period of PURPLE Crying was launched nearly a decade ago

B.C. golfer, just 23, scores the rare albatross

Six-million-to-one shot a first for the Terrace club

Most Read