Chestermere RCMP police vehicle struck while investigating property crime, Medicine Hat female charged

Chestermere, Alberta – On June 4, at approximately 2:20 a.m., Chestermere RCMP responded to a complaint concerning two individuals checking car door handles in the area of Oakmere Way in Chestermere Alta. While searching the area one of the individuals was encountered who fled the area on foot. A male and female suspect were later located in a vehicle parked at a nearby hotel in the direction where the previously encountered suspect fled.

While attempting to identify both individuals, discrepancies between the license plates and vehicles were noticed. The female suspect entered another parked vehicle to retrieve identification while the male suspect attempted to flee striking a police vehicle. The collision disabled both vehicles and the male suspect fled on foot. HAWCS and a Police Service Dog were utilized but were unsuccessful in locating the male.

The female suspect was arrested on outstanding warrants and additional offences on site. The following investigation resulted in recovery of a stolen vehicle, a stolen license plate, a falsified license plate, illicit drugs, stolen property, and a substantial amount of property police have yet to identify lawful owners of.

The female suspect entered another parked vehicle to retrieve identification while the male suspect attempted to flee striking a police vehicle.
The female suspect entered another parked vehicle to retrieve identification while the male suspect attempted to flee striking a police vehicle.

A judicial hearing was later held for the female identified as Jennifer RICE-DURLING, a 33 year old Medicine Hat resident. RICE-DURLING was held in custody on charges of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Fraudulent Concealment, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000, Utter Forged Document, Fail to Comply with Recognizance X4, Operate Uninsured Motor Vehicle, and Mischief. The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be added. RICE-DURLING will make her next appearance in Calgary Court on June 6, 2019.

Chestermere RCMP are also looking to locate and identify the male offender involved in the collision. The male offender is described as:

– Between 5’8″ and 5’10” in height;

– Slender build;

– Short dark hair;

– Fair complexion;

– Some facial hair stubble; and

– Wore dark pants and a dark hoodie.

Chestermere RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident (or identifying those responsible). Please contact Chestermere RCMP at 403-204-8777 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

“It is fortunate no injuries were sustained in this incident which highlights the risks our members take to prevent crime, apprehend offenders, and keep our community safe. I would also like to thank the public for their assistance by reporting suspicious activity in our community.” – S/Sgt. Mark WIELGOSZ.

Chestermere RCMP



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