Spirit River, Alberta – On Oct. 16, 2020, at 9:30 p.m., Spirit River RCMP received a call of a suspicious vehicle at the Rycroft UFA located near Spirit River, that was suspected to be stolen.
Spirit River RCMP attended the parking lot and located the suspicious vehicle parked in a stall. RCMP members exited to speak to the driver and lone occupant of the heavy duty pick-up truck. The suspect drove the pick-up forward, hitting the front of the police vehicle. Despite verbal direction from officers to stop, the suspect struck the police vehicle again, then hit an occupied vehicle in the parking lot, before fleeing the area.
Spirit River RCMP followed the suspect pick-up truck as it continued west on Highway 49, approximately 8 kms, before the suspect abandoned the pick-up truck and fled into a nearby residence. Police were able to contain the area and await additional resources that including the RCMP Police Service Dog.
A short time later, Spirit River RCMP received a request for assistance from the home owner to remove the suspect from the residence. RCMP entered the residence and located the suspect and placed him under arrest. The suspect was searched and found to be in possession of 273 vehicle keys and vehicle diagnostic equipment, including a key coder.
Further investigation revealed that the pick-up truck had been stolen and the suspect was wanted on several outstanding arrest warrants originating from Fairview and Peace Regional RCMP Detachments.
Jesse William Jackson (40) of Peace River, Alta., is charged with:
· Flight from police
· Assault with a weapon
· Possession of stolen property over $5,000
· Operate a conveyance in a manner dangerous to the public
· Operate a conveyance involved in an accident and fail to stop and offer assistance
· Driving while prohibited
· Mischief under $5,000 (x2)
· Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 (x2)
· Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 (x3)
· Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 for the purpose of trafficking
· Fail to comply with release condition (x5)
· Possession of break-in instruments (x2)
· Possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous
Following a judicial hearing, Jackson was remanded in custody to speak to bail on Nov. 16, 2020, in Grande Prairie Provincial Court.
The civilian in the occupied vehicle that was struck during the initial incident was not injured. The RCMP officers involved in this incident did not sustain any injuries.
As this matter is now before the courts, no updates are anticipated.
Spirit River RCMP
Western Alberta District RCMP
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