SHERWOOD PARK — A central Alberta man who dragged a Mountie who had stopped him for speeding in a pickup truck has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.
Christopher Ferguson, who is 24 and from Three Hills, has also been given a 15-month driving ban to be served after his release.
He pleaded guilty last June to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and obstructing or resisting a peace officer.
The seven-year RCMP veteran was dragged for about 100 metres in May 2014 after he pulled over Ferguson east of Sherwood Park, Alta.
The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening, but he did require surgery.
Police say there was a young child in the truck with Ferguson, who was later found at an acreage near Three Hills.
The child, who was not with him when he was arrested, was found safe with family.
Police said at the time that the officer had approached the truck’s window so he could speak to Ferguson. During that conversation, Ferguson sped off before the Mountie could free himself.
Other officers chased Ferguson, but he didn’t stop and smashed through a fence in a subdivision.