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Pictou County District RCMP has charged a man after he assaulted three police officers and attempted to disarm one in Lyons Brook.

Police responded to a complaint of a motor vehicle collision on Aug. 4 at approximately 7:10 a.m., on Highway 376. Police learned that one of the drivers, a man, had fled the scene on foot prior to their arrival. The man was located in a nearby store and exhibited signs of impairment. The man was arrested without incident for impaired operation of a conveyance and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. The man was taken to the Pictou RCMP Detachment for further testing as officers believed he was impaired by a drug.

Shortly after arriving at the detachment, the man began threatening police. The man’s behaviour then escalated and he began damaging property in the detachment. Police demanded several times that the man stop damaging property, to which he responded by assaulting a police officer. Police began trying to subdue the man by returning him to handcuffs. The man resisted the officers’ initial efforts but was eventually handcuffed.

After completing a drug evaluation, the man was held in custody until he was sober enough to be released.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., police began the release process and were explaining the man’s release documents to him when he hit an officer in the waist. The man then grabbed another officer’s gun. The man was then guided to the ground and then returned to his cell.

Patrick Owen MacDonald, 31, of Truro, has been charged with assaulting a peace officer, disarming a peace officer, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, uttering threats to property, mischief under $5,000, impaired operation of a conveyance and possession of stolen property.

MacDonald has been remanded into custody and will next appear in Pictou Provincial Court today at 2 p.m.