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Officer injured when Curling man backs into police car

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was injured when he was pinned briefly to the door of a police vehicle during an incident in Lark Harbour on Thursday.

Officers with the Corner Brook detachment responded to a complaint of a man in breach of a probation order at about 6 p.m.

They located the man, 74-year-old Robert Taylor of Curling, driving a vehicle in the town and officers conducted a traffic stop.

According to a release issued by police, as the officers were exiting their vehicle, Taylor allegedly reversed his vehicle while attempting to evade police and collided with the passenger door of the police vehicle.

The officer was taken to Western Memorial Regional Hospital and has since been released. The extent of his injuries was not known.

Taylor was held in custody overnight and appeared in Corner Brook Provincial Court on Friday morning.

He’s been charged with two counts of failure to comply with a probation order, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use of a firearm, dangerous operation of a vehicle and failure to stop a motor vehicle.

He was released on a recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court again Feb. 26.

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