A suspicious vehicle crashed through the front window the the Dollar Tree on Gaetz Avenue near Bennet Street in Red Deer Friday. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

Update: Stolen truck rammed police car, crashes into Dollar Tree trying to flee; Driver arrested

Truck crashed into store front

A 27-year-old man is facing charges after the stolen truck he was driving crashed into six parked cars, a building and a police cruiser on Friday.

Police say shortly before 5:30 p.m., they spotted a suspicious truck with a stolen licence plate driving in south Red Deer.

RCMP tracked the truck at a distance until it parked in the 2300 block of 50th Avenue before moving to block it in.

See related: Driver crashed into Red Deer business while fleeing police

When RCMP pulled in behind the suspect truck, it accelerated and reversed rapidly a number of times, crashing into the windows of the Dollar Tree on 50th Ave, the police cruiser, and parked vehicles around it.

The vehicle then fled, striking several more vehicles.

While trying to flee, the truck narrowly avoided striking police officers who were on foot in the parking lot and others on foot and in vehicles.

Later police identified the suspect driving the truck, and located him after further reports from the public of suspicious activity and a suspicious truck parked at an apartment building in the 5100 block of 60th Street.

RCMP contained the area with support from Police Dog Services and located the suspect in one of the apartments, where he was taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant for breaching his probation.

The truck driven by the suspect had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on March 4 after it was left unlocked and running. It was heavily damaged in the collisions.

The man faces several charges including possession of stolen property under and over $5,000, dangerous operation of motor vehicle, assault on police, failing to stop for the police and failure to stop or remain at scene.

He was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on Monday morning.



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A suspicious vehicle crashed through the front window the the Dollar Tree on Gaetz Avenue near Bennet Street in Red Deer Friday. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

Jason Dillingham, who works at Allstate Insurance just a couple doors down from the Dollar Tree in Red Deer, said it was surreal watching a vehicle smash through the Dollar Tree’s front window. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

A suspicious vehicle crashed through the front window the the Dollar Tree on Gaetz Avenue near Bennet Street in Red Deer Friday. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

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