Man who allegedly stole SUV charge by Red Deer RCMP

RCMP brought in a police dog to help in the arrest of man suspected of stealing an SUV.

A 31-year-old man who allegedly evaded RCMP in a stolen vehicle that collided with a police vehicle is now facing a number of Criminal Code charges.

Red Deer RCMP said earlier that an SUV was stolen from a West Park residence on Thursday after the owner left it unlocked and idling briefly.

RCMP located the stolen vehicle later that day being driven by a male suspect through the South Hill neighbourhood. Police initiated a traffic stop but the driver refused to stop, and collided with the police vehicle causing minor damage to it before fleeing.

RCMP did not pursue the vehicle due to public safety concerns, but located it again abandoned in the Riverlands neighbourhood. The area was contained and the driver was apprehended with the help of Police Dog Services. A female passenger was arrested soon afterward in West Park.

The man is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, fail to stop a vehicle in order to evade police, resist/obstruct peace officer, and fail to comply with probation order.

At the time of his arrest, the man was wanted on 10 outstanding warrants for trafficking a controlled substance , fail to attend court, breach of probation, fail to comply, possession of controlled substance , and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

He was to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Monday.

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