The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) has placed a man in custody after a routine traffic stop went sideways.

According to a media release, on July 20, 2021, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Winnipeg Police Traffic Division attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of Brazier Street and Johnson Avenue.

The driver of a vehicle approaching this area, the lone occupant, refused to stop for police and continued to drive at an extremely slow rate of speed.

Assisting General Patrol units entered the area, and the driver suddenly sped up and drove directly towards one of the units. A shot was fired from a service firearm, striking the vehicle alone. The driver swerved and crashed into a nearby resident’s garage.

The suspect wasn't injured from the commotion and was taken into custody at the scene. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance for unrelated medical precautions.

WPS says a 39-year-old male of Winnipeg is facing the following charges:
-  Assault Peace Officer with a Weapon x 2
- Flight While Pursued by Peace Officer
- Possess Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000