Local briefs – August 8

A woman died in a single-vehicle rollover on Hwy 2 south of Innisfail on Thursday night. Innisfail RCMP say at about 10 p.m. the northbound SUV went out of control and rolled to a stop in a southbound land.

Woman dies in crash

A woman died in a single-vehicle rollover on Hwy 2 south of Innisfail on Thursday night.

Innisfail RCMP say at about 10 p.m. the northbound SUV went out of control and rolled to a stop in a southbound land.

The driver died at the scene and a female occupant was airlifted to Calgary with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Both occupants were wearing seatbelts. Police say alcohol was not a factor.

The names of the victims have not been released.

Southbound traffic on the highway was temporarily rerouted.


Suspects take RCMP car

The routine stop of a suspected drunk driver and his passenger resulted in a RCMP cruiser being stolen and then rolled — but not before the arresting officer was struck by the suspect’s vehicle.

The bizarre incident occurred on Thursday about 5 p.m. on the Sunchild First Nation Reserve northwest of Rocky Mountain House, said Cpl. Wayne Oakes of RCMP headquarters in Edmonton said on Friday.

An officer arrested a suspected drunk driver and the passenger for outstanding warrants.

While the officer was busy attending to the security of the driver’s minivan, the police cruiser was stolen by one of the arrested men.

The minivan was then rammed and the parked van hit the officer, causing minor injuries, Oakes said.

The stolen cruiser sped away on the Sunchild Reserve road with both suspects.

It was located a short time later by the officer. It had rolled and one of the suspects was still in the rear seat, where he had been placed by the officer.

The officer then chased and caught the other suspect, who was spotted entering a wooded area.

Both suspects were taken to a hospital in Rocky for treatment of minor injuries suffered in the rollover.

The officer was also treated for minor injuries and released, Oakes said.

Charges are pending against both suspects.

The incident is being reviewed by the RCMP, Oakes said.


Man faces robbery charges

A man charged with two June robberies will have to wait until next spring to have a preliminary hearing, court heard on Friday.

Andrew John Harper, 31, of Red Deer was charged in late June after he was recognized by an RCMP officer in downtown Red Deer. The officer believed he was a suspect in a June 26 robbery.

Harper was also charged with the June 20 robbery of the West Park Liquor Store. In that robbery, the suspect brandished a knife at a clerk and took off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Harper has selected to be tried by a judge and jury in Court of Queen’s Bench if it’s determined there’s enough evidence at his preliminary hearing to warrant he stand trial.

Defence lawyer Arnold Piragoff told court that eight witnesses are expected for the preliminary, which will take all day.

Harper is also charged with single counts of obstructing a policeman by giving a false name and breaching conditions of a previous court order.

Harper was denied bail in provincial court earlier and remains in custody.

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