The Athabasca RCMP arrested one male suspect after responding to a report of a stolen vehicle from Westlock. On Thursday Jan. 30, 2020 at approximately 2:56 p.m., Athabasca RCMP were advised by Westlock RCMP that a stolen vehicle from the Westlock area was on Highway 663 southwest of Athabasca. While attending the location, the suspect vehicle turned north onto Highway 812 and continued travelling at high rates of speed to Highway 2 towards Slave Lake.
RCMP Air Services and Crime Reduction Unit from EAD were called in to assist. Emergency equipment was activated and the suspect vehicle continued to travel at high rates of speed with disregard for the public. The vehicle continued north and turned towards Smith where he lost control of his vehicle and hit the ditch. Athabasca RCMP were able to arrest the male on scene without incident.
A 20-year-old male from Calling Lake, Alberta was charged with 3 Criminal Code offences. which include:
- Operation of a motor vehicle while pursued by police
- Dangerous Driving
- Possession of stolen property over $5000
He remains in custody for a hearing with the Justice in Athabasca. His name can't be released as charges not officially laid at time of writing.
If you have information about this incident, please call the Athabasca RCMP at 780-675-5122 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).