Fleeing police a bad idea

RCMP report recounts several incidents where suspects tried to flee unsuccessfully

Attempting to flee police is a bad idea.

A few culprits figured they could outrun the long arm of the law over the last week.

They were wrong.

RCMP patrolling on June 13 located a truck with a stolen licence plate.

“The driver of the truck drove through north Red Deer at excessive speeds and was observed running several red lights,” says a police roundup of incidents over the last few days.

“Police did not pursue for public safety reasons but located the occupants walking in the Normandeau neighbourhood.”

A man and woman were arrested after a short foot chase with the assistance of several citizens. RCMP located the abandoned truck nearby and determined that it had also been stolen, separately from the licence plate.

A 32-year-old man is facing stolen property charges along with charges of driving a motor vehicle while being pursued by police and dangerous driving. He also has several breach of court order and conditions charges.

On June 16, another culprit tried his luck at escaping police.

About 6:30 p.m., police responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle located a stolen Ford Fusion at Clearview Market

“When police arrived, the Fusion collided with the police car and fled the scene, driving erratically and at high rates of speed,” says RCMP.

Police did not pursue, but found the vehicle abandoned nearby

“Police Dog Services attended and tracked one of the suspects to a nearby green space where he was attempting to hide from police.”

A 29-year-old man, who was already wanted on two outstanding warrants, was arrested with stolen identification. He has been charged with four counts of illegal possession or trafficking in government documents, possession of stolen property and possession of drugs.

The following day, another of Red Deer’s allegedly less reputable citizens tried his luck evading police.

Shortly before 3 a.m., RCMP spotted a suspect behind the wheel of a stolen white Chevrolet Silverado. The suspect refused to stop for police and fled at a high rate of speed.

“Red Deer RCMP re-located the suspect truck a short time later and arrested the driver, who was found to be wanted on outstanding warrants out of Red Deer and Olds.”

A 19-year-old is facing two charges of dangerous driving, possession of stolen property, resisting or obstructing a police officer, personation to avoid arrest, and charges of operating a motor vehicle without registration, without insurance and with an improper licence plate. He also faces four charges of not complying with release conditions.

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