A 35-year-old Calgary man has been arrested and is facing numerous charges after a Calgary firefighter and a peace officer were injured in an altercation with a stolen vehicle on Saturday.
On Saturday afternoon Calgary police responded to an accident in the 100 block of Bermuda Drive N.W. CPS says a firefighter who responded to the scene was dragged by the vehicle when the driver fled the scene. The firefighter was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. The suspect also allegedly rammed the vehicle of a peace officer who tried to conduct a traffic stop outside of Calgary. The peace officer was treated for minor injuries.
Strathmore RCMP Detachment Commander Staff Sgt. Mark Wielgosz explained the suspect was eventually arrested within the Strathmore RCMP detachment area.
“Our members were alerted that there was a stolen vehicle being followed by the HAWCS helicopter at approximately 2:30 p.m. on July 2nd, 2022,” he said officers kept a distance while the vehicle is being monitored by the helicopter.
The vehicle stopped at an Esso station near Crystal Ridge in Strathmore where the suspect tried to obtain fuel.
“He was engaged by our members at that time, at which time the offender speed off,” said Wielgosz.
As the vehicle drove out of the Strathmore detachment area, Gleichen officers attempted to deploy a tire deflation device.
“The offender evaded that attempt and through a number of additional attempts by our members as the vehicle headed back into our area, we were able to successfully deploy the tire deflation devices on Hwy 24 near the bridge at the Bow River,” said Wielgosz.
“With the use of our police dog section and our emergency response team who were nearby in the area, they were able to apprehend the offender.”
He noted, “Given the nature of the entire ordeal itself, and the most severe incidents happening within the City of Calgary, the offender was turned over to Calgary Police.
Jakub Matthew Kornacki, 35, faces several charges, including three counts of assaulting a police officer with a weapon, three counts of assault with a weapon and two counts of mischief to property under $5,000.
Kornacki was also charged with one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving, flight from a peace officer, cruelty to animals, possession of identity documents, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property over $5,000.
He was also charged with 10 counts of breaching a release order. He’s scheduled to appear in court on July 18.