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Man appears on charges after confrontation

A Red Deer man arrested after a confrontation with police on Feb. 1 made his first court appearance on Thursday from a prisoner’s box in Red Deer provincial court.

Richard Allan Parkhurst, 48, was arrested by Red Deer City RCMP at a metal recycling plant in the Edgar industrial subdivision.

A slough of charges were laid amidst allegations that Parkhurst rammed police cars with a heavy-duty pickup truck in a bid to escape capture and that two Mounties were injured as a result.

The charges include two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm; two counts of mischief relating to allegations of damage to plant property and three police cars; possession of property acquired by a criminal offence, including a one-ton pickup truck, copper wire and metal roadsigns; resisting arrest; being unlawfully at large, and operating a motor vehicle while disqualified.

Represented by Red Deer lawyer John MacNaughton, Parkhurst reserved plea on all charges and remains in custody pending his next court appearance, set for Feb. 12.

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