Medicine Hat, Alberta – On December 14, 2020 at approximately 11:00 AM members of the Medicine Hat Police Service attempted to stop a Dodge pick up truck for a red light violation. When the officer activated the emergency lights, the operator of the truck accelerated in an attempt to flee from police and a decision was made by officer not to make further attempts to stop the vehicle as it continued.
Approximately eight minutes later another member of MHPS observed the same truck on the edge of the city and a second attempt was made to stop the vehicle. The truck fled once again, this time into a field just off Highway 3, where it became high centered in a field and was incapable of being operated. At this time, the driver and passenger fled the vehicle which lead to the male driver being arrested after a short foot pursuit with one of the patrol officers. At this time it was learned that the truck operated was stolen and had a stolen licence plate.
Officers on scene, including members of the Redcliff RCMP Detachment, contained the field where the second suspect had fled. An unmanned aerial vehicle was deployed by the MHPS to assist with containing the second suspect until MHPS K9 arrived on scene. The second male was taken into custody a short time later. No injuries were sustained by either suspect or police during the arrest.
Resulting from this investigation a 34-year-old male from Okotoks, AB is held in custody facing charges of; dangerous driving, evade police, and possession of stolen property exceeding $5,000. The second suspect, a 29-year-old male from Invermere, B.C. is also in custody awaiting a bail hearing for several charges including; possession of stolen property over $5,000, outstanding warrants for arrest, as well as possession of identity documents.
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