Cochrane, Alberta – A Calgary male was arrested and charged on September 13th 2016 following an investigation into an incident involving two stolen vehicles and collisions.
Paul BELANGER, 27 years old, of Calgary was arrested on scene after he hit a police vehicle while fleeing from police.
BELANGER was charged with the following offences out of Cochrane:
• Criminal Code 249.1(1) – Flight from Police Officer X2
• Criminal Code 344(1)(b) – Robbery
• Criminal Code 252 – Failing to Stop at the Scene of an Accident X3
• Criminal Code 88(1) – Possession of Weapon
• Criminal Code 354 – Possession of Stolen Property
BELANGER faces additional charges out of Canmore for:
• Criminal Code 249.1(1) – Flight from Police Officer X4
• Criminal Code 355 – Possession of Stolen Property over $5000 X5
• Criminal Code 270.01(1)(a) – Assault Peace Officer
• Criminal Code 252 – Failing to Stop at the Scene of an Accident
BELANGER had an appearance in court on September 15th 2016 and is currently still in custody. His next appearance will be in Cochrane Provincial Court on September 20th 2016.
September 13, 2016
Cochrane RCMP investigating man involved in vehicle thefts and collisions
Cochrane, Alberta – An Alberta man is in custody this afternoon and is facing numerous charges as members of the Cochrane and Canmore RCMP detachments continue their investigation into an incident involving two stolen vehicles.
This morning, at approximately 11:00 A.M., members of the Cochrane RCMP Detachment were advised that an erratic driver in a stolen cube van may be heading toward Cochrane from the Airdrie area. Detachment members located the van a short time later in the Sunset neighbourhood of Cochrane and attempted to stop it but the driver ignored police and continued driving, turning south onto Highway 22. As the suspect vehicle entered the intersection of Highway 1A and Highway 22, it collided with another vehicle. The driver did not stop at the scene of the collision and kept driving south on Highway 22 until colliding with a second vehicle at the intersection of Griffin Road. The suspect exited the stolen van and ran up to the vehicle with which he just collided, a Jeep Wrangler, and had its driver get out before jumping into the driver’s seat and fleeing the intersection. The suspect continued south on Highway 22 in the stolen Jeep. Fortunately, no one was injured in either of the collisions in Cochrane nor during the theft of the Jeep.
Witnesses reported seeing the stolen Jeep Wrangler traveling west on Highway 1 and driving into oncoming traffic. Members of the Canmore RCMP Detachment located the vehicle and suspect who was now breaking into vehicles in their area. The incident ended when the stolen vehicle hit a police vehicle and the suspect was apprehended trying to flee the scene.
The investigation into this matter is continuing and charges are pending. At this time, the identity of the suspect is not available but once charges have been laid, an update will be provided with additional details.