NEWS
02/22/2016 16:14 EST | Updated 02/22/2017 00:12 EST

RCMP officer in Lethbridge, Alta., has close call with vehicle ramming cruiser

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — RCMP say an officer narrowly escaped being run down by a car which rammed his police cruiser in Lethbridge, Alta.

Mounties say while on highway patron Monday morning, the officer observed a driver commit a traffic offence and tried to stop the vehicle.

A pursuit ensued with the officer following the car into the yard of a construction company, and blocking the entranceway.

The suspect vehicle then rammed the passenger side of the cruiser in order to move it and make a getaway, at which point the officer leaped out of the cruiser and opened fire.

Other officers were able to track down the suspect vehicle and stop it by deploying a spike belt on a rural road, taking the three occupants into custody.

No one was injured during the incident.