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Driver drags Officer while trying to flee

posted Jan 21, 2016, 3:16 PM by Kathy Carr
On January 20, 2016 at approximately 7:00 a.m., Carberry RCMP were called to a single motor vehicle collision, two kilometres east of Carberry on Hwy 1 in the RM of North Cypress-Langford.
Upon arrival, the officer found the female driver of the vehicle to be in possession of a minor quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and subsequently arrested her.
The officer towed the vehicle back to the detachment and searched it for further drug evidence. Finding none, it was determined there was not enough evidence to support a charge for drug possession.
It was found, however, that the driver did not have a valid driver's licence and she was to be released with a traffic ticket when her ride arrived. 
The driver was allowed to charge her cell phone in the car and call a friend from Brandon to pick her up. The driver was very cooperative with officers and an RCMP officer remained with her near the vehicle. The officer and the driver guided the friend to the detachment using her cell phone.
Through additional checks on paperwork located in the car, RCMP discovered the driver had produced a false identity. When the driver realized this, she put the vehicle in motion and attempted to flee.
In the attempt to flee, an officer was dragged by the vehicle as he tried to disengage the ignition. The driver drove into several snowbanks before the vehicle came to a stop.
A second officer assisted, and the female assaulted both police officers who were eventually able to subdue her. Both officers received minor injuries.  
Once returned to custody, she was transported to Brandon Correctional Institute. The female received minor injuries from the incident.
Caley Elizabeth Steele, 27, of Lac du Bonnet, MB is charged with: Assault on PO x2, Assault W/Weapon on PO, Resist/Obstruct PO, Escape Custody, Dangerous Operation MV, Driving Prohibited x2, Fail to Comply Probation Order x3, Identity Fraud, Fail to comply recognizance, Steele appeared in Brandon court this morning and has been remanded to Brandon Correctional Institute pending a further court appearance. Photo by Kathy Carr