Medicine Hat, Alberta – In the early morning hours of July 13, police received reports of a suspected impaired driver who committed a hit and run in the drive thru of a local fast food restaurant on Red Cliff DR SW. The driver fled this crash and a short time later, police responded to another complaint of the same driver colliding with a house in the 1000 block of Bullivant CR SW. At this address, the suspect unlawfully entered the home he had collided with, demanding cash from the occupants who did not know the suspect. The driver fled this crash scene and headed east on the Trans-Canada highway. He veered off the roadway at the 13 AVE intersection, colliding with a lamp standard, severing it from its foundation. The driver’s vehicle became disabled and the suspect fled on foot to a nearby hotel where he was a tenant. Police contained the hotel suite with the suspect who refused to present himself to the door. A Feeney warrant was granted and police entered the suspects suite and took him into custody.
The suspect male is currently in police custody and is being tested for blood alcohol levels. This file is still under investigation. The possible charges that could result are:
-Impaired hit and run x 3
-Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle
-unlawfully in a dwelling
This series of events is a great example of how dangerous driving while under the influence of alcohol/drug can be to our community. The MHPS is happy to report no one was injured from this hit and run spree. Because of the suspects choice to drive impaired, multiple police resources, Fire Services and City Electrical staff were tied up for a long duration to manage the crash sites, conduct the investigation and make the area’s affected safe again for others.
Medicine Hat Police Service
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