Flat tires doesn’t stop suspected truck thief

Driver of stolen truck drives through two spike belts before RCMP catch him

Three flat tires didn’t stop a man fleeing police in a stolen truck on Monday.

Blackfalds RCMP said they got a report about 3 p.m. of an erratic driver on Gasoline Alley’s Mackenzie Road.

“The truck was reported to be swerving through traffic and narrowly avoiding collisions with various vehicles,” said police.

Red Deer RCMP located the Ford F-250 truck as it entered the city and initiated a traffic stop, but the truck fled from police. RCMP officers then set up a tire deflation device on 32nd Street, which flattened three of the truck’s tires.

The truck sped away from police again, and police officers laid a second tire deflation device as the truck approached 32nd Street and Gaetz Avenue, disabling the truck completely.

The driver then attempted to flee on foot, and was arrested nearby by RCMP.

Police said the truck had been reported stolen out of Sylvan Lake the same morning.

“Fortunately, no one was injured and no traffic collisions occurred during this series of close calls,” said police.

Police said charges against the driver are pending.

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