Portage la Prairie, MB (CKLQ) - Two RCMP officers have been released from the hospital after their patrol car was struck by a stolen vehicle.
Portage RCMP officers were patrolling Highway 1 after a report that a vehicle was driving in a dangerous way near the Perimeter Highway on August 2.
The vehicle then went on Highway 1 and was driving in the wrong lane near Elie.
Portage RCMP officers found the suspect vehicle driving westbound in the eastbound lane at fast speeds towards them.
They were able to avoid an accident, but then lost sight of the vehicle.
They went to a railroad crossing near Portage la Prairie, which had a train crossing at the time.
A vehicle was waiting for the train to cross so the officers pulled to the side of the highway to find out if it was the suspect vehicle.
While the officers were in their car on the side of the road when they saw another vehicle in their rear view mirror coming straight for them.
The vehicle collided with the police car causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
Police later found out the suspect had driven through a property near the tracks and made a complete circle and struck the police vehicle from behind.
Both officers and the 41-year-old male driver, from Winnipeg, were taken to hospital as a precaution and were later released.
RCMP have charged Kenneth Martin Derksen with numerous charges including theft of a vehicle, dangerous operation, and assault of a police officer.
He will be going to court on August 7.