An RCMP officer photographs some of the eight vehicles smashed by the stolen silver truck behind him that drove over a Gaetz Avenue median into the Cities Gastro Pub parking lot Wednesday.

Eight vehicles damaged in wild wreck on Gaetz Avenue

A little lunch time theatre was on the menu at Cities Gastro Pub in Red Deer on Wednesday.



A little lunch time theatre was on the menu at Cities Gastro Pub in Red Deer on Wednesday.

Jordan Bargholz and Carl Wilson had front row seats when they heard a loud crash as they were about to dig into their chicken salads.

Bargholz, from Sylvan Lake, said he looked out the window to see a slew of damaged vehicles in the nearly full parking lot on 3301 Gaetz Avenue. A silver pickup truck was in the middle of the chaos. Both Bargholz’s and Wilson’s trucks were spared.

City RCMP Const. Dave McKenzie said the silver pickup truck was believed to be travelling northbound on Gaetz Avenue when it veered off the road on 33rd Street, smacked a few cars parked on the street, and damaged several others in the pub’s parking lot before coming to a stop.

Police had received a call a few minutes earlier about a vehicle being hit on 32nd Street before the second call came in from the pub.

Eight vehicles were damaged, including several that may be writeoffs and others that received minor damage.

Along with others from the nearly packed restaurant, Bargholz and Wilson, who is from Red Deer, rushed outside to see if anyone was hurt. They watched in shock as the male driver of the pickup staggered out of the truck and begin talking on a cellphone. Within a few seconds, the man began running and five diners chased after him but lost him.

“The plate on the truck came back stolen but the truck is not stolen,” said McKenzie. “So we’re not quite sure why he was running. He wasn’t running from us. I don’t know why he was driving like he was.”

RCMP arrested the suspect near the Kinsmen shelter, where he was found hiding in the bushes.

Melissa Wright’s Grand Am car was damaged and is likely written off. She shrugged her shoulders and said there’s not much she can do about it now.

“It’s more like dinner theatre,” said Wilson. “This is the most action I’ve seen in a long time.”

“We’re going to pay a premium for the action going on outside,” said Bargholz after returning to the restaurant to eat lunch.

Nathaniel Caines, Cities general manager, was also one of the people who chased after the man. Caines said they are happy no one got hurt.

“Nothing kills a lunch time rush like this,” he said.

The man’s name has not been released and police haven’t released any information yet on any charges.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Former Humboldt Broncos player who survived bus crash hopes for spot on team

RED DEER, Alta. — A former Humboldt Broncos player whose back was… Continue reading

Man and dog dead after early morning house fire in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Officials say a man and a dog are dead… Continue reading

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

OTTAWA — The federal government is fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit against… Continue reading

May says Greens will work with any party that has a serious plan for the climate

OTTAWA — With three months until Canadians vote in the next federal… Continue reading

Joe Hittel rappels down 12 storey building in Red Deer – again

Eighty four year old Red Deerian was not afraid to rappel down… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Hotels face battle over whether to help US house migrants

DETROIT — There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels.… Continue reading

Thousands visit Illinois governor mansion after renovations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Thousands of people have visited the Illinois governor’s mansion… Continue reading

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

VANCOUVER — High school students in Canada may not be getting the… Continue reading

‘Us and them’: influence of Quebec anglos on decline with new Coalition government

MONTREAL — Last March, Quebec Premier Francois Legault made a mocking remark… Continue reading

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

VANCOUVER — Japanese Canadians across the country are meeting to discuss how… Continue reading

Off Canada’s East Coast, a hunt to detect ‘beautiful’ great white sharks

HALIFAX — The great white sharks move torpedo-like through East Coast waters,… Continue reading

ESPN reasserts political talk policy after attack on Trump

NEW YORK — ESPN is reminding employees of the network’s policy to… Continue reading

Tentative agreement averts strike by Quebec provincial park employees

MONTREAL — A full-blown strike by employees at Quebec provincial parks that… Continue reading

Most Read