Mayerthorpe, Alberta – On Aug. 24, 2017 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Mayerthorpe RCMP responded to a report of a stolen SUV with an alleged impaired driver near Duffield, Alberta.
Police were able to locate the SUV near the Alexis First Nation which was driving erratically and a road block was set up. After a short pursuit the SUV being driven by a lone male occupant ran over spike belts that were deployed nearly hitting officers and police vehicles set up at the road block.
The SUV with blown front tires then continued through the First Nation and the pursuit was called off a short time later due to public safety.
The SUV was later located on Highway 43 driving westbound towards a police vehicle and oncoming traffic. Police were able to stop traffic on the highway and the SUV then swerved into the ditch and headed down a dead end road for several kilometers before stopping. The male occupant jumped out and headed into a wooded area where he was arrested without incident a short time later with assistance from the Police Dog Unit (PDS).
Thomas Bailey Rain, a 20-year old from Paul First Nation, has been charged with Possession of stolen property over $5000.00, Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, Flight from police, Resist arrest, Fail to comply with Recognizance (X2). He was remanded into custody and will appear in Evansburg Provincial Court on Aug. 28, 2017.
As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.