Innisfail, Alberta – On Oct. 19, 2022, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Innisfail RCMP responded to numerous reports of two vehicles driving erratically in Red Deer County. Innisfail RCMP located the suspect vehicles, a white Toyota SUV and a black Ford sedan on Hwy 2A approaching Innisfail. The suspect vehicles, which appeared to be traveling in tandem, fled at a high rate of speed passing motorists on the shoulder while trying to evade the police. One of the vehicles became inoperable due to a blown tire and was located abandoned on Hwy 2 just south of Innisfail. Investigation revealed that the Toyota SUV had been stolen out of Cochrane earlier that morning. It was believed that the occupants of the Toyota SUV had boarded the black Ford sedan and continued south.
A short time later, Olds RCMP received a report of suspicious activity near the Town of Bowden where a black sedan had been abandoned after hitting a deer. Investigation reveled that the black Ford sedan had been stolen hours early from a local business outside of Innisfail and was the same vehicle which had fled from the Innisfail RCMP. Olds RCMP then received reports of suspicious people in Bowden.
With assistance from Olds RCMP, Didsbury RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Service(PDS), 3 suspects where located in the town of Bowden. Innisfail RCMP were able to link the suspicious persons to the stolen vehicles.
Eric Phillip Stevens (34), a resident of Regina, Saskatchewan, Kady Fayant (25), a resident of Regina, Saskatchewan and Justine Morin (24) a resident of Regina, Saskatchewan have been jointly charged with:
· Possession of stolen property
· Theft of motor vehicle
· Flight from police.
Stevens was additionally charged with Failing to comply with a release order. A bail hearing conducted and he was held and he is currently remanded in custody with court set for November 6, 2022 at Red Deer Provincial Court.
Fayant was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Morin was additionally charged with obstruction of a police officer.
Fayant and Morin were taken before a justice of the peace and released on an undertaking to appear on December 6, 2022, at Red Deer Provincial Court.
Innisfail RCMP want to thank the public for their assistance in reporting this incident to the police and want to encourage the community to continue to report any criminal or suspicious activity that the public observes. The public plays an important role in helping to reduce, prevent and solve crime. Anyone with information about, or who suspects illegal activity in their neighbourhood is asked to contact their local police If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers 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.
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