Laval Police Officer Struck by Impaired Driver During Highway Pursuit

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A 24-year-old police officer was struck by a vehicle on Highway 15 in Laval (CTV News Montreal / Cosmo Santamaria)

A Laval police officer, aged 24, sustained serious injuries early Monday morning after being hit by a car on Highway 15 during a pursuit. The incident, which occurred around 2:30 a.m., involved a foot chase of a car-theft suspect across the highway.

Details of the Incident

According to the Laval Police Service, officers spotted a vehicle with a smashed rear window and headlights off traveling southbound on Highway 15. The officers followed the car, driven by an 18-year-old suspect, without formally initiating a pursuit. The chase began when the suspect pulled over near the Médéric-Martin Bridge and fled on foot across the highway’s northbound lanes.

Officer’s Injuries and Arrests Made

Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) reported that the officer was struck by a car while pursuing the suspect on foot. Thankfully, the injuries, though serious, are non-life-threatening. The 18-year-old suspect was subsequently arrested by Laval police. The driver of the car that hit the officer, a man in his 20s, was arrested for impaired driving by the SQ.

The 24-year-old officer was chasing the suspect of a stolen car across the highway on foot when he was struck by a passing vehicle, Quebec provincial police say. (Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada)

Highway Closure and Reopening

The incident led to the temporary closure of northbound Highway 15 at the Méderic-Martin Bridge, significantly impacting the Monday morning rush hour. The southbound lanes to Montreal were reopened around 5:30 a.m., and the northbound lanes followed at about 6:40 a.m. Motorists experienced delays due to the traffic backlog caused by the closure.