Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit arrest male following lengthy police dog track

Brazeau County, Alberta – The Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit (CAD CRU) got their man with the assistance of multiple police resources and over five hours of tracking by the Police Dog Services Unit.

On April 30, 2020 the CAD CRU acted on information which led them to the location of a male who was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants, including possession of a prohibited firearm. The male was located at a residence and the assistance of Breton RCMP, RCMP Air Services and Police Dog Services was requested. The male managed to flee the residence on an ATV, but his location was determined and tracked with the assistance of the police helicopter.

RCMP Helicopter
(File Photo) RCMP Helicopter

The male drove the ATV dangerously until he reached a deep river. He ditched the ATV and ran on foot. A chase ensued, and members from Breton, Thorsby and Drayton Valley RCMP were enlisted. The Police Dog Services unit, with a CAD CRU member, tracked him for over five hours. He was eventually arrested in a forested area.

As a result of this incident, Derek Fernand Lavoie (30) is facing 10 new criminal charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, fail to comply with a release order condition (x4) and resist arrest. Lavoie has been on the RCMP’s Wanted Wednesday list for several weeks.

A judicial interim release hearing has been held and Lavoie remains in custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 21, 2020 in Leduc Provincial Court.

Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit

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