Two passengers in stolen truck charge; driver still on the loose

Two people face charges, a third person got away and a man suffered a broken jaw while trying to prevent the three from leaving the scene of a crash last week.

Two people face charges, a third person got away and a man suffered a broken jaw while trying to prevent the three from leaving the scene of a crash last week.

Red Deer RCMP said a stolen pickup truck ran a red light at Taylor Drive and Jewell Street on Thursday evening, colliding with another vehicle. The truck rolled.

The three occupants of the truck got out and ran into the Johnstone neighbourhood.

Witnesses tried to stop the three from leaving the scene. One man suffered a broken jaw and other injuries after being assaulted by the driver of the truck.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the collision.

Police said the passengers of the truck, a male and female, were found and arrested a few blocks away with the help of witnesses.

“We do caution people to please take care to protect themselves from harm while assisting police, and not to get close to offenders who may react unpredictably or violently,” said Cpl. Sarah Knelsen in a news release. “The public’s safety is always our very first concern.”

Despite a search by RCMP, police dog services and citizens, the male driver managed to escape and is still at large.

Police describe the driver as having blonde hair and straight teeth. He is about 1.82 metres (six feet) tall and weighs about 81.6 kg (180 pounds). He wore a black hat, shorts and a black T-shirt.

The driver faces charges of assault causing bodily harm, failing to remain at the scene of a collision, possession of property obtained by crime and dangerous driving.

Police said the truck was reported stolen in Sylvan Lake earlier in the day and had a licence plate stolen in Trochu on July 31.

The man and woman were arrested and treated at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for minor injuries.

Cody Steven Mackenzie, 31, is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking. He will appear in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday. He had four outstanding warrants in Red Deer.

Sara Elizabeth Manners, 26, of Lloydminster is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and failing to comply with an undertaking. She will appear in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday. She had two outstanding warrants in Lloydminster.

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