Peace River, Alberta – On February 12, 2020, at approximately 9:00 A.M., a pick-up truck that had previously been reported stolen from the Manning, Alberta, area, was observed travelling southbound on highway 35 by a member of the public. Police encountered the vehicle, which turned off the highway and onto a township road near the hamlet of Dixonville, travelling at a high rate of speed past several residences before ultimately turning onto a set of railroad tracks and driving along the rail line. Police resources from Peace Regional and Manning R.C.M.P. detachments contained the area and ultimately located the vehicle abandoned in a field, after it had apparently left the rail line and become stuck in the snow. The footprints of an individual were tracked for several kilometers from the vehicle to a bush line, where one person was located and arrested without incident.
As a result of the investigation, Ivan Michael LOONSKIN, a 31 year old resident of Paddle Prairie, has been charged with the following offences:
• Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
• Operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited from doing so
• Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
• Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)
• Failing to comply with conditions of a release order (x3)
LOONSKIN has been remanded into custody at this time, pending a show cause hearing that is scheduled for February 18, 2020, in Fort Vermilion provincial court via CCTV.
Police would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to remove keys from vehicles and to not leave vehicles running unattended. Keep your personal property secure by removing all valuables from your vehicles, even when they’re parked on your own property. Should you have information relating to this or any other crime, please contact the Peace Regional RCMP detachment at 780-624-6677. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone 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.
Peace Regional RCMP
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