Police release name and photo of Cobourg man who fled during a traffic stop on Tuesday

Cobourg police continue search for 52-year-old Gerald Cooper, wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for a parole violation

52-year-old Gerald Cooper of Cobourg. (Police-supplied photo)
52-year-old Gerald Cooper of Cobourg. (Police-supplied photo)

The Cobourg Police Service has released the name and photo of a man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant who fled from police during a traffic stop in Cobourg on Tuesday evening (July 5).

On Tuesday around 7 p.m., police stopped a vehicle on Division Street North near the 401 on-ramp. They identified a passenger in the vehicle as Gerald Cooper, a 52-year-old resident of Cobourg wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for a parole violation.

Police advised Cooper he was under arrest and he exited the vehicle.

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The driver of the vehicle then began to drive away, dragging a police officer a short distance before the vehicle headed northbound on County Road 45. The officer suffered minor injuries.

Cooper fled the scene on foot while this was happening.

The Ontario Provincial Police later stopped the vehicle at Harwood Road and County Road 45 and arrested the vehicle occupants. The driver of the vehicle, 35-year-old Laurelle Cox of Port Hope, was charged with flight from peace officer, dangerous operation causing bodily harm, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon or causing bodily harm, and obstructing a police officer. The accused woman was released with a future court date on August 31, 2022.

Police are continuing to search for Cooper. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cobourg police at 905-372-6821 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by phone by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or by visiting stopcrimehere.ca.