A Red Deer man and a teen are facing multiple charges after allegedly fleeing a highway crash in a stolen truck before abandoning it in a field near Sylvan Lake.
RCMP, fire and ambulance were called to a two-vehicle collision on Hwy 11 at Range Road 20 just west of Sylvan Lake about 9:30 a.m. last Thursday.
On arriving at the scene, they were told a truck involved in the collision had taken off. It was driven through several barbed wire fences before being abandoned in a nearby field.
The driver and a passenger were soon found nearby by police and arrested without incident.
Three people in the other vehicle were taken to hospital and were treated and released for minor injuries.
Police say the truck, with a stolen plate, had been reported stolen in Leduc two days earlier.
It is alleged the same truck failed to stop for a sheriff, who had clocked the truck going 150 km/h about an hour before the collision. Out of concern for public safety, a chase was not begun.
At the time, the truck was carrying a stolen ATV, which was later abandoned on a rural property near Half Moon Bay and recovered by police.
A 37-year-old man is facing 10 charges including; flight from police, dangerous driving, failing to remain at the scene of a collision involving bodily harm, possession of stolen property over $5,000, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm and unlawful possession of prohibited firearm contrary to a weapons prohibition order, and three counts of possession of stolen property.
The 17-year-old passenger in the truck is charged with three counts of possession of stolen property, possession of stolen property over $5,000, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a prohibited firearm, three counts of failing to comply with a youth probation order and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
They are both due in Red Deer provincial court Monday