A Saddle Lake man has been arrested after attempting to flee from police by ramming a stolen vehicle he was operating into a police truck. A short pursuit followed, where another police vehicle was struck. The pursuit eventually ended and found drugs and weapons inside. Also arrested on the scene were two females.
On Oct. 24, 2018, St. Paul RCMP in conjunction with the Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU) conducted a joint operation after identifying a stolen vehicle at a property in St. Paul.
Three individuals entered the vehicle and were approached by police. Two females from the vehicle were then arrested, but the male driver of the vehicle accelerated and collided into a police vehicle while fleeing the scene.
A short pursuit then occurred which went outside of St. Paul into the County and ended when the fleeing vehicle collided with another police vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was arrested with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS).
A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of substances believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine, a conducted energy weapon (tazer), and several knives.
The RCMP member who was struck in the second collision suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital and later released.
Saddle Lake Man Arrested
Tyrone Shirt (32) from Saddle Lake, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, was charged with several new offences, which include:
- Assault on a police officer with a weapon (x2)
- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- Flight from police
- Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
- Failing to provide a blood sample
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
- Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x2)
- Resisting a peace officer (x2)
- Possession of a weapon contrary to an order (x3)
- possession of a prohibited weapon contrary to an order (x2)
- possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x2)
- Driving while unauthorized
The accused suffered serious non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision. He was taken to hospital and remanded into police custody after a judicial hearing.
He is scheduled to appear in St. Paul Provincial Court via CCTV on Nov. 1, 2018.
The two females were later released from custody without charges and the vehicle was previously reported stolen from Edmonton.