Man facing murder charge returns to court
A Red Deer man charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to run down a pair of Lacombe police officers returns to Red Deer provincial court on Sept. 18.
Lacombe Police Service say two officers narrowly escaped injury after trying to arrest a suspect at a Lacombe residence about 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The officers went to the residence after getting information that a man was there who allegedly assaulted a Red Deer city traffic enforcement officer earlier in the day after being pulled over during a traffic stop.
The suspect raced away from Lacombe at a high speed towards Red Deer, where a spike belt was used to blow out the vehicle’s tires as it entered the city. The vehicle then hit a tree and caught fire.
The driver was arrested without incident.
Weston Kleigh Pickford, 22, faces numerous charges, including two counts each of attempted murder, assaulting a police officer, flight from police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He is also charged with possession of break-in instruments and breach of probation.
On Friday, he made a brief court appearance via closed circuit television from the Red Deer Remand Centre.
Pickford remains in custody until his next court appearance.