Two from Red Deer charged after allegedly trying to flee checkstop

Stolen vehicle driver crashed into and injured another driver

A man and woman face criminal charges after allegedly fleeing an RCMP checkstop in a stolen vehicle and causing a serious injury collision in Red Deer on Saturday.

As well over the weekend, RCMP charged eight impaired drivers during weekend checkstops and roving patrols.

The injury collision occurred on Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m. when a man driving a red Nissan Sentra fled an RCMP checkstop set up at the 67th Street bridge and later struck a white Toyota Rav 4 in the area of 71st Street and Gaetz Avenue.

The suspect male driver of the Sentra then fled the collision scene and hit a parked car-hauler trailer, at which point he and and a woman passenger abandoned the Sentra and fled on foot.

Emergency staff attended the collision scene where a 35-year-old man who was driving the Toyota Rav 4 was taken to hospital and treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police Dog Services tracked the two suspects to the Aladdin Hotel, where RCMP took them into custody without incident. They were both taken to hospital to be assessed for injuries sustained in the collision. The woman was released and the man remains in hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The red Sentra had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on Thursday morning.

A 31-year-old Red Deer man will face charges of obstruction, fail to remain at the scene of a collision, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, possession of stolen property and several Traffic Safety Act charges.

A 44-year-old Red Deer woman faces charges of failing to remain at the scene of a collision and failing to comply with a recognizance. Their names have not be released as the charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.

Roving patrols by RCMP on Friday resulted in four drivers being charged with impaired driving, five being charged for driving without insurance, one for producing an invalid insurance card, and several more for licence plate infractions.

The Saturday night checkstop resulted in four drivers being charged with impaired driving; in addition, two novice drivers received 30-day licence suspensions and had the vehicles they were driving seized for seven days as a result of having any amount of alcohol in their systems.

A driver whose blood alcohol was between .05 and .08 had a licence suspension for three days and vehicle seized for three days. Another driver had a license suspension for 24 hours for driving under the influence of marijuana, and police seized a small amount of marijuana from the vehicle.

Red Deer RCMP will continue to operate checkstops and roving patrols throughout the holiday season.

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