Westlock RCMP arrest two following police car ramming – UPDATE – CHARGES

Westlock, Alberta – Charges have been laid following a violent police car ramming which occurred just after midnight on June 14, 2019.

Investigation following the incident led to the search of the stolen truck. RCMP seized contraband under the controlled drugs and substances act as well as a firearm, ammunition and break-in instruments.

24-year-old Hope Elizabeth Nixon of Spruce Grove is charged criminally with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and fail to comply with the condition of an undertaking/recognizance. She is also facing three charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of possession of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.

24-year-old Damian Devon Thomas of Whitecourt is charged with:

– Assault on police officer with a weapon (x2)

– Assault with a weapon (x2)

– Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

– Mischief over $5,000 (x2)

– Mischief under $5,000 (x2)

– Unauthorized possession of a firearm

– Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

– Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

– Possession of a break-in instrument

– Resist/obstruct police officer (x2)

– Fail to comply with condition of an undertaking/recognizance (x2)

– Operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited

– Possession of a weapon contrary to an order (x2)

– 4 Possession charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

One arrest warrant for charges of assault with a weapon et al, out of Stony Plain, was executed on Thomas.

Judicial interim release hearings have been held. Nixon is released on cash bail and Thomas remains in custody. Both are scheduled to appear in court in Westlock on June 26, 2019.

BACKGROUND:

June 14, 2019

Westlock RCMP arrest two following police car ramming

Westlock, Alta. – The RCMP have two adults in custody following an incident early this morning at the McDonald’s Drive Thru in Westlock.

Just after midnight, an RCMP member determined that a truck in the drive-thru was reported stolen out of Athabasca. A second RCMP member responded to assist to effect arrests of the occupants of the truck. Once the RCMP officers made contact with the driver of the truck by activating police emergency equipment, the driver responded by ramming both the police car in front of him and the police car behind him. The truck rammed the police vehicles several times until the truck came up onto the hood of one of the police vehicles.

The RCMP members were able to secure the truck, and a high risk arrest was conducted on the two occupants of the truck. No one was injured during this incident and beyond the two police vehicles, no other vehicles were involved, or damaged.

The driver, an adult male, and his passenger, an adult female were transported to a local hospital where they were assessed and released into police custody. Both adults remain in custody in Westlock. The subjects were found to have arrest warrants out of other detachment jurisdictions.

Investigation continues and the accused adults are facing several criminal code charges.

Names cannot be released by the RCMP at this time as charges have not yet been formally sworn.

Westlock RCMP



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