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Red Deer Man Charged In Dangerous Flight From Police


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A 31 year old Red Deer man is facing numerous charges after fleeing Police in a stolen truck Tuesday night, striking a vehicle and assaulting officers with bear spray during his eventual arrest.

The incident began shortly before 6 pm on August 29th when RCMP found a stolen Blue Dodge Ram in a parking lot on 67th Street. Mounties laid a spike belt behind the truck before attempting to arrest the male driver inside. When approached, the driver struggled with police and fled the scene, driving over the spike belt and flattening the truck’s two back tires.

For safety reasons, RCMP did not pursue the speeding truck. However, they soon received multiple reports of the truck driving erratically and often in the wrong lanes facing oncoming traffic. The truck later struck a vehicle in a traffic circle at 67th Street and Orr Drive but fortunately the driver of that vehicle wasn’t hurt.

A spike belt was also laid at Gaetz Avenue and 19th Street but the Blue Dodge Ram avoided it and started heading towards Penhold. At this point, the truck was now driving on it’s rims and they broke apart completely by the time it arrived at a gas station in Penhold. That’s where officers from Innisfail, Blackfalds and Police Dog Services arrested the suspect but not before he assaulted five members with bear spray.

Police say the officers suffered minor injuries as a result but fortunately no other serious injuries to RCMP or members of the public. The man’s name and the charges he’s facing will be released once they are sworn before the courts.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 25, 2020.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 25, 2020.

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It’s the first time the province has recorded such a high daily case tally since the beginning of the global pandemic in March. 

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