Boat passenger thrown, dragged through water during St. Lawrence River police chase

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

AKWESASNE – Akwesasne police say a passenger in a wheelchair was thrown from a pontoon boat and dragged through the water during a drug-related police chase.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Marine Unit tried to stop the boat on Saturday, Oct. 17 on the St. Lawrence River after the RCMP saw a suspected drug deal take place in Cornwall.

Police only released details of the bust yesterday (Oct. 27).

Police tried to stop the boat but the operator sped away and entered a “shallow man made channel” on Cornwall Island. The boat’s pontoon struck something, throwing the passenger into the water and he was “dragged several feet.”

The boat then hit the shoreline and the driver ran away with a bag but was later caught, police said. They seized a 5.6 pound (2.5 kilogram) bag of cannabis and $4,000 cash.

Police provided medical help to the passenger, who sustained minor injuries.

A 32-year-old man from Akwesasne is charged with flight from police, dangerous driving, possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution and benefitting from the proceeds of crime.