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5 RCMP detachments, dog team, and Police Chopper combine forces to capture 3 in wild stolen vehicle pursuit

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Olds RCMP arrest 3 in stolen truck following multijurisdictional pursuit

Olds, Alta – A collaboration of efforts from Chestermere, Airdrie, Innisfail, Sundre and Didsbury RCMP, RCMP Police Dog Service (PDS) and Calgary Police Service Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety (CPS HAWCS) led to the arrest of a woman and two men in a stolen vehicle after they fled from police on June 1, 2019. 

On the morning of June 1, Chestermere RCMP tried to effect a traffic stop on Highway 9, and the suspect truck fled.  No pursuit was initiated.  At 9:37 a.m., RCMP received complaints about an erratic driver in the Airdrie area and it is believed to be the same vehicle as earlier. Police officers located the suspect truck, determined to be a stolen Ford pickup truck and initiated a traffic stop near the Carstairs exit northbound on highway 2. The pickup truck refused to stop for police. 

As the truck departed the Airdrie area, RCMP PDS became engaged in the incident, along with Olds RCMP members. The suspect vehicle travelled northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 2.  Responding Innisfail RCMP were able to stop southbound traffic in order to keep the public safe, while HAWCS monitored the vehicle.

The truck drove to, and then through, the town Olds causing damage to various homeowners’ private property. RCMP successfully laid a tire deflation device which caused the truck to become stuck in a field approximately 12 km northwest of Olds.  One male fled the truck and after a brief foot pursuit, with the assistance of the RCMP PDS, the male was arrested. The other male and the female were arrested at the truck without incident.

Dustin Edward Watetch (30) of Regina, Sask faces the following criminal charges:

·         Flight from peace officer

·         Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

·         Resist arrest

·         Possession of stolen property

·         Mischief x3

·         Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose x3

Watetch was remanded into custody and made his first appearance on June 3, 2019. The matter was adjourned to June 12, 2019 in Calgary Provincial Court and Watetch remains in custody.

Richard Mulvihill (27) of Strathmore, Alta faces the following criminal charges:

·         Theft of a motor vehicle

·         Resist arrest

·         Breach of probation x3

·         Breach of recognizance x2

·         Possession of a controlled substance; Fentanyl 

Mulvihill was remanded into custody and made his first appearance on June 5, 2019. His matter was adjourned to June 12, 2019 in Calgary Provincial Court and Mulvihill remains in custody.

Hannah Grace-Marie Davidson (18) of Calgary, Alta faces the following criminal charges:

·         Theft of a motor vehicle

·         Fail to comply with Undertaking x3

Davidson was released on a Recognizance by justice and is to make her first appearance on July 9, 2019 in Didsbury Provincial Court.

This incident involved resources from several different detachment jurisdictions who all worked together to bring this situation to a safe resolution.  The RCMP thanks our partner, CPS HAWCS, for the valuable assistance provided.

Olds RCMP continue to investigate and are asking that any property owners who suffered damage as a result of this incident contact Olds RCMP at 403-556-3323. If you have information to provide, and wish to remain anonymous, you can 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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RCMP nab Red Deer driver doing 112 km/h on 30th Avenue

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From Red Deer RCMP: Red Deer RCMP stop driver travelling at extreme speed

Red Deer, Alta. – On June 8, 2019, Red Deer RCMP caught a driver travelling 112 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.  

In response to community complaints, Red Deer RCMP were conducting speed enforcement on 30 Avenue near 55 Street when they observed the driver driving at a high rate of speed at approximately 9:30 p.m. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was unable to provide valid proof of insurance, or valid drivers licence. As a result of the offences, the male driver has been summoned to court to appear before a judge.

Four other vehicles were stopped for speeding at the same location and issued violation tickets. 

“Citizens making the reckless decision to travel at such extreme speeds pose a serious risk the public.”  said Sergeant Mike Zufferli with the Red Deer RCMP Traffic Unit. “These extreme speeds show a wanton disregard for the safety of others, and we continue to work everyday to address it, through enforcement and education.” 

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2 youth arrested, police looking for 3rd suspect after firearm reported in middle school

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Red Deer RCMP respond to threat at Eastview Middle School

On June 11, 2019, at approximately 3:22 p.m. Red Deer RCMP responded to a call at Eastview Middle School after three male youth entered the school with a possible firearm.  

Eastview Middle School, along with surrounding schools, were put into lockdown as a result. 

There were no injuries as a result of this incident.   

RCMP cleared the building and the suspects fled. Two of the three suspects have been apprehended and charged with firearms related offences. RCMP continue to search for the remaining suspect. 

A replica firearm was later located. 

RCMP continue to investigate this incident and are asking for the public’s assistance. If you have information about this investigation, please call the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575, or your local police detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can 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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