Vancouver Police say they will recommend charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, after one of their own was struck by a speeding motorcyclist this afternoon.
Constable Brian Montague says the officer was standing beside his own motorcycle when he tried to flag down the driver travelling southbound on the Knight Street Bridge.
Montague says the driver allegedly struck the officer in an attempt to avoid police.
“The video from the dashcam will hopefully play a big part of that investigation. We are also trying to contact the owner of the motorcycle. He is not the owner of the motorcycle, it is registered out of Victoria so we are currently tracking him down as well.”
Montague says the officer is in hospital recovering, but is expected to make a full recovery.
“It sounds as if he has some broken ribs, some lower body injuries… I don’t know if there’s any broken bones in the lower body, but they’re non-life threatening, and he will recover.”
Asked if the force will review its policies for on-foot traffic enforcement in the wake of the accident, Montague says police will consider it.
“I think anytime we have an injury to one of our officers we have to look at stuff like that, I think we’d be negilgent if we didn’t. Whether that practice will change, I can’t say.”
The 28-year-old motorcyclist is also recovering from unknown injuries.