Fort McMurray, Alberta – On Oct. 29, shortly after 5:30 p.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP received a call for public assistance along Sparrow Hawk Drive, between Loutit Road and Crane Rise, in the Eagle Ridge area of Fort McMurray. RCMP attended and were speaking with a lone male driver, identified as Philip Osborne, in a running pickup truck parked along Sparrow Hawk Drive. Osborne was placed under arrest for criminal harassment.
The male refused officers directions, resisted arrest and remained in the truck. He then placed the truck in drive and drove towards Loutit Road. The truck stopped at a traffic control device displaying a red light. Two RCMP officers blocked the front and rear of Osborne’s vehicle with police vehicles. Police officers attempted to arrest Osborne from his vehicle a second time. Osborne reversed into the police vehicle and then drove forward striking the other police vehicle before fleeing a second time. Another police officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. A police pursuit was initiated. The truck became immobilized while southbound on Highway 63, near the Thickwood Boulevard overpass, due to damages sustained. The driver was taken into police custody without further incident.
Philip Benjamin Douglas Osborne (32) of Fort McMurray, was arrested and held in police custody for an in-custody hearing.
Philip Osborne is facing the following charges:
· Criminal Harassment
· Dangerous operation of motor vehicle
· Resist/obstruct police officer
· Flight from police officer
· Mischief under $5000.
Osborne has since been released and is scheduled to attend Fort McMurray Provincial Court on November 18, 2020.
Wood Buffalo RCMP
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