A man from Buchanan, Sask. is facing various charges, after he rammed into a police cruiser with his vehicle and struck it with an axe while impaired during a traffic stop Thursday.
RCMP said it happened around 11:25 p.m., when officers stopped a vehicle on Highway 5 west of Canora, Sask.
According to Mounties, when the man initially pulled over, he reversed and rammed into the police cruiser. He then turned around and rammed the police unit for a second time — head on.
The suspect then got out of the vehicle with an axe and struck the police vehicle as he yelled threats.
RCMP back-up units from Canora and Kamsack, Sask. detachments were also called to help arrest the man.
According to police, the suspect and two Mounties suffered minor injuries in the incident, such as scrapes and bruises.
Canora EMS treated the man at the scene. The officers required no treatment.
However, the damage to the RCMP vehicle was extensive.
Kristopher-Lee Steenman, 34, is facing three counts of assault with a weapon and two counts of assaulting a police officer. He is also facing one count each of impaired operation of a motor vehicle; have keep or consume alcohol in a motor vehicle; dangerous operation of motor vehicle; flight from police; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; uttering threats; mischief over $5,000; driving while disqualified, breach of probation; resist arrest; unregistered vehicle; and an inadequate tail light.
The investigation continues with the help of RCMP Collision Reconstruction.