Police officer injured during traffic control

On Tuesday December 26th 2017 while conducting a routine traffic control, police officers noticed a motorcycle approaching their control checkpoint and decided to stop the rider in order to control his vehicle’s documentation. After signaling the rider to stop, he refused to do so and instead increased the speed of his motorcycle in an attempt to bypass the officers. Because of this one of the officers was unable get out of the way in time, which resulted in him being struck down by the rider. At this point the rider also lost his balance while riding, causing him to lose control and fall. After this happened the rider attempted to flee the scene on foot. A second officer quickly gave chase and managed to tackle the suspect. The suspect resisted heavily, but was quickly overpowered by a second patrol that arrived on the scene shortly after. The injured officer was transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for injuries to his face, which required several stitches but was released shortly after. The investigation is ongoing.