Downtown Red Deer traffic stop leads to arrest of two people

The Red Deer RCMP’s downtown unit took two people into custody following a traffic incident.

An officer was on bike patrol and attempted to stop a female motorist for distracted driving on Nov. 26. The driver fled the scene, but was later nabbed by police.

The driver and a passenger were arrested on outstanding warrants and were in possession of drugs, cash, weapons and drug paraphernalia.

Charges laid against Carmen Brown, 40, of Red Deer, include flight from a peace officer, possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, operating a vehicle without a driver’s licence and distracted driving.

Jeremy Sanderson-Hayward, 32, of Red Deer has been charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of break-in instruments and carrying a concealed weapon and failing to comply with a recognizance.

Sanderson-Hayward remains in custody and will appear in Red Deer provincial court on Dec. 12. Brown has been released and is set to appear in court on Dec. 18.

“This is an ideal example of a how a traffic stop can lead investigators to uncover other illegal activities,” said Cpl. Dwayne Hanusich, head of the RCMP’s downtown patrol unit.

From Sept. 30 to Nov. 3, the downtown unit laid 61 Criminal Code charges and issued 138 violation tickets, most of which were for trespassing and loitering.

The unit also arrested 28 individuals wanted on outstanding warrants.

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