Accused in chase reserves plea

A Calgary man arrested after a wild chase near Innisfail on April 8 reserved his plea in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

A Calgary man arrested after a wild chase near Innisfail on April 8 reserved his plea in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

Kenneth Peter Nepoose, 20, appeared via closed-circuit TV from the Calgary Remand Centre, where he is being held on additional charges laid in the Calgary jurisdiction and due in court there on April 30.

Police from the Innisfail integrated traffic unit allege that motorists on Hwy 2 had reported a dark blue pickup truck was speeding northbound, swerving wildly. Callers said the truck had gone in and out of the ditch at least twice.

Alberta Sheriffs responded to the complaint and pursued the pickup, which turned off the highway and onto a gravel road near Innisfail. Const. Steve Molnar, an officer with the traffic unit, said it had reached 160 km/h when sheriffs abandoned the pursuit.

RCMP were called just under two hours later after a pickup got mired in mud on a hill while trying to cross a field.

A man was chased on foot, captured and arrested.

Nepoose is charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, having care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired, theft, driving while unauthorized and operating and uninsured motor vehicle.

He is to enter a plea on April 24.

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