A 26-year-old man from West Bay was arrested on suspicion of assault after a police officer’s finger was broken as the suspect tried to escape from police.

According to police, just before 3:45am Friday, officers on patrol along Harbour Drive in George Town observed three men walking in the direction of South Church Street. After stopping to speak with them, the officers suspected the men were under the influence of a controlled drug.

One of the men, who was found to have provided a false name to the officers, tried to flee, but was caught after being chased by the police officers.

He was placed under arrest on suspicion of giving a false name to police and consumption of a controlled drug: crack cocaine. Police said he became “combative and aggressive” and while trying to escape, he injured one of the officers, causing a broken finger.

The man was further arrested on suspicion of assault and failing to provide a specimen for drug testing.

He remained in custody Friday pending further investigation.

The other two men made off before the arrival of other officers to assist.

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