Four Samson Cree residents face charges after fleeing Maskwacis RCMP on Monday.
RCMP said officers were following tips from the public while attempting to locate a 28-year-old man who was wanted on outstanding warrants.
During an attempted traffic stop, the driver failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated. A spike belt was deployed and four people were taken into custody.
“We will continue to liaise with and listen to our local community leaders and work with the residents we serve to address any concerns about crime they might have,” said Const. Andrew Deme of the Maskwacis RCMP.
“This is a great example of an intelligence-led investigation and detachment members working together to arrest a known dangerous offender, but also recovering a prohibited firearm.”
A 28-year-old man, a 23-year-old man, a 23-year old woman and a 21-year-old woman were jointly charged with the following offences: two counts each of flight from a peace officer, breach of a firearms prohibition, dangerous driving, and failing to comply with a release order; one count each of unauthorized possession of a firearm knowing possession was unauthorized, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, possession of prohibited firearm with ammunition, and possession of a firearm with a tampered serial number.
The 28-year-old man was also charged with two counts each of flight from a peace officer, breach of a firearms prohibition, dangerous driving, and failing to comply with a release order.
The 23-year-old man was also charged with three counts of breach of a firearms prohibition.
The 23-year-old woman was also charged with breach of a firearms prohibition, and four counts of failing to comply with a release order.
The 21-year-old woman was also charged with two counts of failing to comply with a release order.
The 23-year-old man was released from custody on multiple conditions. The rest were remanded into custody. All four are scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court Nov. 4.