13-inch knives, a baseball bat and a speeding car: Winnipeg police have wild weekend of assaults

Several police officers were assaulted over the weekend as they dealt with a man swinging a large knife, a drunk man swinging a baseball bat and a drunk woman who ran over one officer’s foot with a car.The first incident happened around 5:20 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Wellington Crescent where police responded to a call about a man carrying several knives in a multi-suite building.Police said they tried to arrest the man, who threatened to stab and kill officers with a 13-inch knife.Story continues below

After trying to calm the man down, police tried to use tasers to stop the man, who then barricaded himself in a nearby room, still armed with multiple knives.It took about two hours for the man to be safely arrested, then taken to hospital where he was treated for an existing medical condition.Kyle Anthony Traverse, 23, faces four counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and two counts of weapons possession.READ MORE: Off-duty Winnipeg cop escapes with his life after suspect’s gun misfiresNext, at about 7 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to Ralph Avenue West. When they got there, they found a drunk man in a garage in the 400 block of the street. The man had partially barricaded himself in the garage, said police, and was breaking things with a baseball bat.When he spotted police, he started swinging the bat at officers and yelling at them. He then backed off, but still continued smashing walls and doors.About 90 minutes later, the Tactical Support Team were able to take him into custody.Duane Errol Franklin, 54, faces two counts of assaulting a peace officer and possession of a weapon.READ MORE: Stolen car’s owner tracks down suspect using app and holds him for Winnipeg policeThe third incident happened the same night at about 11:30 p.m. when officers spotted a Dodge Caravan driving erratically on Ellice Avenue near McGee Street. The van came to a quick stop. When officers went up to the van, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and backed up, forcing officers to dodge out of the way, said police.An officer then tried to order the van to stop from the passenger side of the vehicle, and the driver sped away, rolling over the foot of the officer while doing so.Police tracked down the van on Agnes Street and found someone, who was identified as the driver, trying to jump a fence.“After a brief struggle with the visibly intoxicated person, the suspect was placed under arrest and taken into custody,” said police.Jannifer Lyn Pelletier, 42, faces charges of impaired driving, dangerous driving, two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, resisting arrest, driving with open liquor and driving without a licence.WATCH: Winnipeg police blame peace officer assaults on meth