RCMP investigating road rage incident

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Airdrie RCMP is investigating a road rage incident in the city Aug. 19, involving the discharge of bear spray, according to Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin. The incident took place at the intersection of Veterans Boulevard and Main Street at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The driver of one vehicle approached the driver of the vehicle behind him and an altercation took place during which the second driver was sprayed with bear spray.

“At this time, RCMP is just looking for any witnesses who might have seen anything or that driver to come forward,” Martin said. “We’d caution people involved in these road rage incidences to remain in their vehicle at all times. We don’t want them exiting their vehicle, especially on a busy roadway. If you feel the need to contact police, by all means and we can always follow up.”

The suspect is described by RCMP as a Caucasian man, approximately 6’ tall. At the time of incident, he was driving a white Toyota hatchback and wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses.

The victim was treated on scene by EMS and released.

“EMS attended and bystanders and witnesses were already flushing out his eyes with water,” Martin said. “It doesn’t cause permanent damage; just stings a little bit and needs to be flushed out.”

RCMP is asking for the public’s help to find the suspect responsible for the theft of a light bar from a vehicle parked at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Airdrie, Aug. 1 at approximately 4 a.m., according to Martin.

Martin said the man can be seen on surveillance video entering the hotel parking lot driving an older model Dodge diesel dually flat-bed truck and removing a light bar from a vehicle.

“It was a commercial vehicle. The person who reported (the theft) wasn’t the owner of the light bar,” Martin said. “That company vehicle had cameras in it.”

The suspect then fled the scene. He is described as Caucasian in his 20s, wearing a grey or dark-coloured coat with a hood and baseball cap.

Calgary Police Services (CPS) has charged an Airdrie man in his 50s with accessing and possessing child pornography. A spokesperson for CPS confirmed Darren William Smith Ratcliffe was charged in January and will be sentenced in October. The CPS spokesperson was not able to provide any further details.

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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