Canmore, Alberta – On Nov. 12, 2019, at approximately 8:45 p.m., RCMP Traffic Services stopped a vehicle for a traffic offence on Highway 1 near the Bourgeau Trailhead west of Banff. The vehicle pulled to a stop, but failed to remain stopped and continued. For public safety reasons, police did not pursue the vehicle.
The same vehicle was located by RCMP Traffic Services a short time later on Highway 1 in the Canmore area, travelling in the westbound lanes into oncoming traffic. After the vehicle failed to pull over for the RCMP, a pursuit was initiated due to the high risk that the driver was posing to the public.
A tire deflation device was deployed and the vehicle swerved towards RCMP members before driving over the device, bringing the vehicle to a stop within a short distance. The male driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. No injuries were sustained as a result of this incident.
Kenneth Bustard (25), of Edmonton, was charged with:
• Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
• Flight from police
• Driving while disqualified
• Breach of recognizance
• Breach of probation
• Assaulting a police officer with weapon
Bustard has been released following a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear in Calgary Provincial Court on Nov. 15, 2019.
This incident involved RCMP members from Traffic Services, Canmore Detachment, and Cochrane Detachment.
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