Man charged after spike belt incident reserves plea

A man charged after police forced a fleeing vehicle off the highway last week using spike belts reserved his plea on Thursday.

A man charged after police forced a fleeing vehicle off the highway last week using spike belts reserved his plea on Thursday.

Michael Gary Scholl, 27, of Red Deer remains in custody.

He will appear in Red Deer provincial court on Jan. 14 for an anticipated disposition.

Scholl is alleged to be one of two men in the car that didn’t stop for police around the Penhold overpass before noon on Dec. 20.

Scholl is charged with failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, two counts of theft of goods valued at less than $5,000, attempting to assault a police officer, and two counts of failing to comply with court orders.

The commotion started in Red Deer at about 9:40 a.m. when Red Deer City RCMP were alerted to a theft of cigarettes at the Express 24 in Eastview.

Police said earlier that the vehicle sped off when police attempted to pull it over.

The Lacombe Police Service set spike belts at overpasses in the fleeing vehicle’s path, starting with the Aspelund Road overpass at Blackfalds.

A tire fell off the vehicle and it veered into the median, coming to rest in knee-deep snow.

When the men were arrested, a Lacombe Police Services officer was allegedly assaulted.