News: Teen charged in dragging death of CPS officer asks for delay

CALGARY, AB – The 18-year-old charged for the hit-and-run death of a Calgary Police Service officer late last year has asked for another court delay, as he claims to have been unable to find a defense attorney.

Global News reports that Sgt. Andrew Harnett attempted to pull over the teenager’s SUV on New Year’s Eve when he noticed the vehicle’s headlights were out and that its plates and registration were not a match. The teen attempted to flee, somehow dragging Harnett into traffic, where the officer was struck by another vehicle. The 37-year-old died as a result of the collision.

Because the driver was 17 at the time of the incident, the Youth Criminal Justice Act forbids his identity from being released. The now-18-year-old is searching for a lawyer to represent him during his trial for first-degree murder.

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