Man believed to be on meth charged with assaulting police

A 38-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences after police officers were assaulted during a traffic stop in the West End early Friday morning.When the man was stopped by police near Maryland Street and Ellice Avenue, he gave them a fake name and became uncooperative. As he was placed under arrest, he kicked one officer and punched another in the face, breaking one of the officer’s teeth, said police.Story continues below

A taser was deployed, and as the man was fighting with its effects, he reached into his pants and tried to get rid of a bag that included 1.2 ounces of meth and 1.5 ounces of cocaine. Police grabbed the bag, which continued a total estimated value of $2,150 in drugs.The man is believed to have consumed meth prior to the incident, said police.READ MORE: Winnipeg police chief Danny Smyth still loses sleep over city’s meth problemDarren James Bear of Winnipeg has been charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, resisting a police officer, possession of both meth and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, failure to comply with a probation order, and four counts of failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance.Bear, who was remanded into custody, also had two outstanding warrants for failure to comply with a probation order.WATCH: Winnipeg police blame peace officer assaults on meth