Motorist Jailed for 6 months after Dragging Cop for Two Blocks

Update: see previous post – June 11, 2010 Man Accused of Dragging Cop with his Car after Being Pulled Over

On Saturday, June 5, 2010, a 57 year old Saskatoon man, Wesley Klassen, was pulled over, in the evening, at the corner of 19th Street and Avenue B by Saskatoon police officer, Constable Colin Boyenko, for allegedly running a red light. The driver, Wesley Klassen says he had no intention speeding off at first, but he got scared, and, in a split second decision, he hit the accelerator.

Constable Boyenko grabbed a seatbelt in Klassen’s moving vehicle and was dragged about two blocks, at speeds up to 90 km/h, before he was fell away. Constable Boyenko injured his right shoulder in the incident, but the injury wasn’t severe enough to prevent him from taking out his gun and firing four (4) rounds of bullets at the vehicle that was fleeing the scene.

Police were able to catch up with the driver, Wesley Klassen on June 10, 2010 where they arrested him and charged him with: Aggravated Assault for endangering the life of a Police Officer, Dangerous Driving, and Obstructing a Police Officer in the execution of his duties.

In Court on Friday, June 11, 2010 Wesley Klassen was released on bail after paying $1000.00 cash, agreeing to show up to his next date in court on June 22, 2010. .

At the trial, in September 2010, Wesley Klassen pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault for endangering the life of a Police Officer (Saskatoon Constable Colin Boyenko). Klassen was represented by lawyer Brian Pfefferle.

Klassen, now 58 years old, was sentenced to six (6) months in jail as a result of this incident and will begin to serve this sentence on November 30, 2010.

Update: January 2, 2011 – Winnipeg officer dragged by vehicle

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  1. Why would anyone grab onto a moving vehicle? Driving away after being pulled over by any officer is a big mistake, but it sounds as if Klassen was trying to get away from the world’s worst gunhappy carjacker, not a police officer. Probably guilty of dangerous driving and obstructing a police officer, but those police procedures are bizarre, ineffective, and put the lives of everyone involved and nearby at risk. It is lucky that the officer is still alive, no pedestrians were shot, and the guy was eventually found.

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