Edmonton police have filed their first ever charge that’s related to Quanto’s law. That’s a specific level of stronger penalties when a police dog is killed or injured, brought in by the Harper government after PSD Quanto was killed on duty in October of 2013.
The hour-long chase started at around 10pm northeast of the city when police, training their dogs, noticed a minivan speeding by. The van wouldn’t pull over when officers tried to stop it, and eventually it fled the city, travelling through Sherwood Park, Beaumont, and then back to downtown Edmonton.
Police say it was driving erratically, running reds and speeding with its headlights off.
A spike belt was set up downtown, which the van hit before smashing through a fence and hitting a police car in the parking lot of the old remand centre, just across from Police headquarters.
The canine unit was deployed as the driver made a run for it. The man was caught by the dog, but not before getting a few punches in. “Struck in the face several times,” said Sgt. Adam Segin. “I don’t believe any weapons were involved in the assault and the injuries sustained by PSD Jagger were relatively minor.”
“This charge is the first that we’ve seen in Edmonton. As far as we know I’m aware of one other. That being in Toronto, where a police service dog in Toronto was assaulted with a hatchet.”
Police say he was carrying a bag full of meth, and they found a gun, bullets, bear spray, and cash in the van.
The suspect is being treated for dog bites.
Ryan James Prystay, 33, is charged with flight from peace officer, dangerous driving, injure or endanger a law enforcement animal, possession for the purpose of trafficking, unauthorized possession of a firearm in a vehicle, possession of a prohibited/restricted firearm, unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon, three counts of possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public, two counts of careless storage of a firearm, weapon, and ammunition, possession of stolen property under $5,000.