On-coming traffic pursuit leads to arrests
Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 06:00 am
Three people were arrested after a lengthy pursuit in both Airdrie and Calgary Jan. 21, according to Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin. The three face charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a weapon, in this case, a sawed-off shotgun. Because the individuals have not yet been charged, their names have not been released by police.
The suspects were initially pulled over on East Lake Crescent at 1 a.m. due to the lights on the attached trailer not being on.
“Members stopped the vehicle…and the driver explained that he was pulling over to fix the lights. A few moments later, he sped off at a high rate of speed,” Martin said.
“His driving was quite erratic – driving fast and into on-coming traffic, almost striking another RCMP vehicle that was attending to the area to assist. The truck and trailer eventually made its way to the number two highway and headed southbound towards Calgary.”
Martin said Calgary Police Services (CPS) was alerted and the HAWCS helicopter was brought in to assist. The driver of the truck continued to drive at an excessive rate of speed on Highway 2 within the City of Calgary limits.
“Initially, it was unknown if the truck was stolen or what was happening, but the vehicle eventually got turned around and started heading northbound on number two highway and (the driver) actually stopped to try to unhook the trailer,” he said. “He was spooked by police in the area and took off again.”
The partially detached trailer eventually broke away from the truck and rolled across the highway and lanes of traffic, causing a dangerous situation.
The vehicle continued northbound on rural roads toward Airdrie. HAWCS provided RCMP with its location, enabling a spike belt to be set up.
“The truck drove over the spike belt and it was successful in deflating the tires down, but it continued on into Airdrie,” Martin said. “(The driver) eventually lost control of the vehicle on Yankee Valley (Boulevard) at Eighth Street.”
According to Martin, three people got out of the truck and attempted to flee the scene. Two were apprehended quickly by RCMP, while RCMP Police Dog Services eventually located the third person hiding under a deck attached to a home in Luxstone.
“The dog also located a loaded sawed-off shotgun and we were able to seize that as well,” he said.
RCMP determined the suspect was high on drugs and concealing a knife, as well.
An initial investigation revealed the truck and trailer were both stolen. The shotgun was also stolen and a number of break-in tools and ski masks were found inside the truck.
Martin said all three individuals were taken into custody and face numerous charges.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Const. Cassondra Greene at the Airdrie RCMP Detachment at 403-945-7200.