Canmore, Alberta – In the early morning of July 22nd 2017, Canmore RCMP conducted a vehicle stop due to a Traffic Safety Act infraction. The driver was subsequently ordered to provide a sample of his breath on an approved screening device due to him having consumed liquor recently. The driver refused, and sped away at a high rate of speed. Police later located the vehicle traveling on highway 1A. The vehicle performed a U-Turn on the highway and drove towards two police vehicles before turning away at the last second. The driver continued back to the Town of Canmore at a high rate of speed. At the traffic circle on Bow Valley Trail, the driver lost control of the vehicle, drove into the rocks in the middle of the traffic circle, vaulted through the air, and landed in the opposite ditch causing severe damage to the vehicle. The driver then fled the scene on foot.
The driver was later identified through investigation, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
James Michael Stoyles – 25 – of Fort McMurray, Alberta is currently wanted for:
- Refusal of an approved Screening Device – S.254(5) Criminal Code
- Obstructing a Peace Officer – S.129(a) Criminal Code
- Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle – S. 249(1)(a) Criminal Code
- Two counts of Assaulting a Police Officer with a Weapon – S. 270(1)(a) Criminal Code
- Operation of a Motor Vehicle while being pursued by Police – S. 249.1(1) Criminal Code
- Driver in accident fail to remain to the scene – S.69(1)(a) Traffic Safety Act
If the public has any information on the whereabouts of James Michael Stoyles, please contact Canmore RCMP at 403-678-5519. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com. If the information leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.