The Montreal Gazette reports:
Montreal police are investigating an incident that occured in Cote des Neiges Sunday night, in which a police officer was nearly deliberately run over by a car.
A female police officer was assigned to keep watch over a large group of young people who were crossing Vimy St. after what witnesses said was a gathering of Hassidic Jews.
Spotting two men who seemed to be drunk, she approached them and tried to give them a ticket, Sgt. Ian Lafreniere said. Another man then intervened, ordered the two not to talk to the police officer, and took a photograph of the officer.
After she asked the group to move along, the suspect got into a car and tried to run the officer over, Lafreniere said. She escaped uninjured, while the man fled back in the building.
When other police officers arrived for backup, they searched the building but could not locate the suspect in the crowd. It was difficult to identify the man because everyone in the room was wearing similar clothing, Lafreniere said.
The suspect is still at large, Lafreniere said. If located, he could face charges of armed assault, for trying to run over the officer, and intimidation, because he took a photograph of the officer.