Cab driver’s “Code Red” baffles police

A Red Deer taxi driver that police are now describing as unco-operative triggered an alarm Friday evening that had other cab drivers and RCMP rushing to find him.

A Red Deer taxi driver that police are now describing as unco-operative triggered an alarm Friday evening that had other cab drivers and RCMP rushing to find him.

The Associated Taxi driver was eventually found unharmed.

RCMP received a complaint from the cab company at at 7:35 p.m. that driver had initiated a Code Red, which is Associated Taxi’s signal that the cab driver was in need of immediate assistance.

Other cab drivers in the vicinity attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver refused to stop and fled. Soon after this, the driver’s cell phone was turned off and the GPS system on the missing cab was disabled. It was believed that the vehicle may have left Red Deer.

At about 8:30 p.m. RCMP asked for the public’s assistant with trying to find the cab — a white 2008 Dodge Caravan with #83 stencilled on it.

Then at about 10:40 p.m. police issued a release thanking the public for assistance in locating the driver and vehicle.

Police said they were not searching for any further suspects, the driver wasn’t co-operative, and police couldn’t state why the cab hit the panic alarm, disabled the GPS and turned off his cellular phone.

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