Police Chase Shuts down Highway; One Charged

Police use spike belt & road blocks to stop suspect

On Feb. 17, 2017 at approximately 8:45 p.m., Smoky Lake RCMP responded to a theft of motor vehicle from Waskatneau, Alberta.

A van that was parked at a gas station was stolen while the owner went to pay for gas. Police patrolled the area and located the van near Highway 28. The vehicle failed to stop for police and a pursuit ensued but then ended due to public safety.

The stolen vehicle was later located on Highway 28 by St. Paul RCMP and again failed to stop for police. A spike belt was deployed and two tires of the vehicle were damaged. Members from Elk Point and Bonnyville RCMP detachments set up a road block at the intersection of Highway 28 and Highway 41 when the suspect vehicle collided with a parked police vehicle.

St. Paul RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS) were on scene and assisted with the removal of the lone suspect driver. The female suspect suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene and taken into custody. No one else was injured.

Courtney Faye Dillon, a 30-year-old from Onion Lake, Saskatchewan was charged with:

  • Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while pursued by police
  • Driving while Disqualified/prohibited
  • Theft of van
  • Mischief – causing danger to life

Dillon did not speak to bail during a hearing and was remanded into custody. She will appear in Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Court on Feb. 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.