Arrest of erratic driver results in drug seizure

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A 26-year-old Calgary man is in police custody facing multiple charges after Airdrie RCMP arrested him in Willowbrook Oct. 8 following reports of a stolen vehicle driving erratically on Highway 2.

“Airdrie RCMP along with a Sheriff from the Traffic Unit were able to locate the vehicle on Railway Avenue. They made attempts to stop the vehicle. The vehicle took off at a high rate of speed and they lost sight of the vehicle,” said Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin.

According to Martin, only minutes after losing sight of the vehicle, RCMP received a call from a concerned citizen of unusual activity near the apartment buildings in Willowbrook.

“Members descended on the area and were able to locate the stolen BMW,” he said. “Upon pulling into the area, the suspect took off on foot. He was apprehended quite quickly by Airdrie RCMP members.

“Subsequent to arrest he was searched and quite a large amount of cocaine was found on his person and in the vehicle. Now he’s facing numerous charges.”

The man, whose name is not being released because the charges have yet to be sworn, was in possession of 60 grams of crack cocaine packaged for distribution. He has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while being pursued by police, possession of stolen property, possession of controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking, four counts of failing to comply with recognizance, dangerous driving and driving while unauthorized.

Martin was not able to provide a date for when the man will appear in court.

Airdrie RCMP is asking the public for help to identify a man responsible for the theft of power tool batteries from the Airdrie Home Depot Oct. 1 at approximately 5:30 p.m.

“A lone male walked into Home Depot and he was able to grab a couple of battery boxes off the shelves. Those boxes, due to their high value, were also wrapped in a security netting which would alert staff if they were to walk out,” Martin said.

Martin said the man walked into the Garden Centre with the two Dewalt power tool battery boxes and then tossed them over the fence into the parking lot where a second suspect was waiting.

“They were able to cut the security net and remove the batteries from the boxes and took off from the parking lot. Staff witnessed the entire event and were trying to get them to stop…but they did not,” he said.

The pair drove off in a white 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The batteries are valued at approximately $350.

RCMP is releasing information about the suspect who initially took the battery boxes from the store shelf. He is described as Caucasian, tall with athletic build and short hair. He was wearing a black, long-sleeved shirt, dark blue jeans, sunglasses and black shoes.

RCMP is also asking for the public’s help to identify the man responsible for breaking into the compound of ATR Logistics on East Lake Way Sept. 17.

According to Martin, the man first broke into the compound at approximately 2:20 a.m. and then stole a vehicle that was on the premises.

“He drove the vehicle through the fence, causing quite significant damage,” he said. “RCMP was able to obtain photos of that suspect.”

According to Martin, employees noted the damage when they arrived at 9:35 a.m. and contacted RCMP to report the loss and the damage.

The man is described as Caucasian, approximately six feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black North Face jacket with a white zipper, blue jeans and can be seen carrying an army green hiking backpack on video surveillance footage received from the business.

If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at tipsubmit.com

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