A Red Deer man who led police on a vehicle chase, before trying to escape on foot through the Red Deer River, was arrested Thursday.
RCMP had earlier tried to pull over a vehicle at around 1 p.m for a traffic violation. Instead of stopping, the driver took off at high speed.
“A police helicopter was used to track the vehicle, and the vehicle was observed to be driving at high speeds through several neighbourhoods in southeast Red Deer and on 40th Avenue,” said police.
A tire deflation device was used to slow the vehicle, which was abandoned in the McKenzie Trails area.
The driver fled on foot and jumped into the river to escape.
A police dog unit followed the suspect into the river, caught him and brought him back to shore.
The 28-year-old suspect was arrested for flight from police, dangerous driving, obstruction, possession of stolen property, and various breaches of court orders.
Additional charges are pending.