Bail hearing set for man accused of trying to kill Lacombe police officers

A bail hearing has been set for a Red Deer man accused of trying to kill Lacombe police officers.

A bail hearing has been set for a Red Deer man accused of trying to kill Lacombe police officers.

Weston Kleigh Pickford, 22, faces numerous charges, including two counts each of attempted murder, assaulting a police officer, flight from police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He is also charged with possession of break-in instruments and breach of probation.

A bail hearing will take place in Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 10.

Lacombe Police Service says two officers narrowly escaped injury after trying to arrest a suspect at a Lacombe residence about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 4.

As three officers approached the home, a suspect got behind the wheel and allegedly aimed the vehicle at two of them.

The suspect raced away from Lacombe at a high speed towards Red Deer, where a spike belt was used to blow out the vehicle’s tires as it entered the city. The vehicle then hit a tree and caught fire.

The driver was arrested without incident.

The officers had gone to the Lacombe residence after getting information that a man was there who allegedly assaulted a Red Deer city traffic enforcement officer earlier in the day after being pulled over during a traffic stop.