Impaired YK driver injures RCMP officer, security guard

The 20-year-old driver is now facing several charges.

An RCMP patrol vehicle. (CKLB file photo.)

A 20-year-old male driver is facing several charges after injuring both a security guard and an RCMP officer in an impaired driving incident in Yellowknife.

The incident took place shortly after 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, when the driver struck a security guard with his vehicle. The security guard was trying to stop the impaired driver from leaving in his vehicle.

A second call came in shortly after that the same driver was driving in the wrong lane of traffic.

Police tried to initiate a traffic stop, at which point the driver accelerated and struck an RCMP vehicle. The collision was serious enough to trigger the airbag and injure the officer inside.

It was not immediately clear if the collision was intentional.

The officer and the security guard were taken to Stanton Territorial Hospital, treated and released. The driver was not injured in the incident.

He is now facing multiple charges, including impaired operation causing bodily harm, assault on a police officer with a weapon, and assault with a weapon. An investigation is ongoing.

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Ian Down
Ian Down is a general news reporter from the West Island of Montreal. After studying journalism and computer science at Concordia University, he came to Yellowknife in 2021, joining the CKLB team in September 2022. When not behind his desk, you can find him at a local Yellowknife poetry reading, or annoying his roommates by playing his clarinet at odd hours. Feel free to reach out with any tips or story ideas at, or follow him on Twitter at @IanDown1996.