Edson, Alberta – Edson RCMP have arrested one man in connection with an incident that shut down the Edson Airport today. On October 17th, 2016 Edson RCMP were conducting patrols in the vicinity of the Town of Edson. A police officer attempted to conduct traffic enforcement with a pickup truck but it fled at a high rate of speed and is alleged to have nearly struck a police vehicle.
Shortly afterwards, Edson RCMP received a complaint of a vehicle that had broken through a security gate at the Edson Airport. Police attended where the vehicle was seen driving down the runway of the airport before coming to a stop. At that time the vehicle caught fire airside of the airport, while the driver fled in to a wooded area. The Edson Airport had to be closed during this incident while Police investigated and Fire Services attended to the emergency.
Police cordoned off the area and tracked the man to a residential area where he was arrested without incident by officers of the Edson General Duty, General Investigation, and Integrated Traffic units. Edson RCMP would like to thank the media and public for their assistance and co-operation in avoiding the area of 63rd Street and the airport during this time.
“The actions of one put the safety of the airport in substantial danger,” states Staff Sergeant Peter King, Edson RCMP Detachment Commander. “We are pleased the man was apprehended quickly and through the work of our officers and emergency service partners it brought this incident to a prompt resolution.”
The man is presently being held in custody to await a bail hearing where he is expected to face criminal charges of endangering the safety of an aerodrome, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, driving while disqualified, obstructing a peace officer, mischief over $5,000 and possession of methamphetamine. He is also expected to be charged under the Aeronautics Act for unauthorized access of an aerodrome and under the Traffic Safety Act for driving an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle.
File #: 2016-1380709