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A woman has been treated for non-life threatening injuries after jumping out of a moving car on the Alaska Highway.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. on Friday at the intersection of the Alaska Highway and the 271 Road.

Fort St. John RCMP say they received a call from a witness in a semi-truck that a woman had jumped from a car while it was turning onto the 271 Rd. They say the witness then saw the driver of the green car stop and try to reverse over the woman.

The woman was taken by ambulance to hospital but was later released. Police had blocked off the northbound lanes at the intersection for some time to conduct their investigation, but it was later opened.

The victim who jumped out of the car is a 45 year-old woman. Police say she was forcibly confined in a Fort St. John residence for several hours, where she was also assaulted. They say they have identified a 42 year-old male as their suspect. He is the woman’s ex-boyfriend and they also say they believe he was on drugs and intoxicated during the incident.

The victim and the suspect later got in the car. Police say the woman feared for her life and decided to jump out of the car as it turned onto the 271 Rd.

The suspect has not yet been caught but police say they are recommending several charges against him, including attempted murder and forcible confinement. The man’s name will not be released until the Crown approves the charges and a warrant is issued for his arrest.

Police are still investigating the incident and say they are hoping another witness that had stopped after the semi-truck will come forward. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-8000-222-8477.

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