House arrest for Kamloops man who caused RCMP officer to break wrist in post-theft tussle

Cop breaks wrist, no jail

A young Kamloops man who caused a police officer to break his wrist while evading arrest earlier this month is getting out of jail, but he will have to apologize to the injured Mountie.

Jonathan Wayne Lundstrom, 19, pleaded guilty in Kamloops provincial court on Thursday to one count each of theft under $5,000 and resisting a peace officer. A charge of assault causing bodily harm to a peace officer was stayed in exchange for the guilty pleas.

Court heard Lundstrom was at the London Drugs on Lansdowne Street at about 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 11 when he was spotted stealing a Bluetooth speaker.

Police were called, and a constable tracked down Lundstrom at a nearby payday loan store.

Crown prosecutor Evan Goulet said the officer and Lundstrom became involved in a struggle inside the store before spilling outside.

“They ended up holding on to each other and getting out of Speedy Cash, and went down the stairs and tumbled out of the doors of the business,” Goulet said.

The officer fell on his hand and broke his wrist.

“So Mr. Lundstrom got away while the constable was laying on the ground holding his wrist in pain,” Goulet said.

Court heard Lundstrom fled to a nearby cannabis store, where he locked himself in the bathroom. He surrendered after police and a dog unit made clear to him he was surrounded.

The incident resulted in a large police presence in downtown Kamloops.

Lundstrom, who had been in jail since his arrest, was placed on two months of house arrest to be followed by a year-long probation term with conditions requiring he stay away from London Drugs and apologize to the injured Mountie.

He will be released into the care of Vision Quest, where he is slated to begin a three- to six-month treatment stay.

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