Man arrested after Alberta Mountie reportedly strangled



GRAND PRAIRIE, AB- RCMP have a suspect in custody after a constable from Spirit River, AB, was reportedly strangled and left in a ditch.

The officer sustained injuries as a result of an altercation during a routine traffic stop, Wednesday afternoon.

"The man was arrested without incident at approximately 4:35 p.m. today at a rural residence near Wanham. No injuries to this individual nor police were incurred during the arrest and police advise no others are being sought in relation to yesterday's altercation," said Cpl. Carol McKinley.

The suspect has not yet been charged.

At about 3:35 p.m Wednesday, Spirit River RCMP responded to a call of an erratic driver at Highways 733 and 49 near Wanham, some 92 kilometres northeast of Grande Prairie.

An altercation broke out between the cop and the suspect.

Johnathon Hiscock, who witnessed police at the scene, told QMI Agency that emergency responders said the officer was strangled and left in a ditch.
McKinley said the suspect immediately fled the scene before additional RCMP officers arrived.

An air ambulance flew injured officer to hospital in Grande Prairie. He remains in stable condition.

RCMP will not release name of the officer.

- with files from Fred Rinne

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