*Update Nov. 28:
Curtis Nichols, of Lac la Biche is facing the following charges: assault, drive while unauthorized, robbery, fail to comply with conditions (x5), resisting a peace officer, dangerous driving and flight from police.
Nichols has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on November 29, 2018 in St. Paul via CCTV. As well, Nichols is subject to a 28 day remand for a mental health evaluation.
A 25-year-old male from Lac La Biche will be facing numerous charges related to a carjacking in St. Paul yesterday.
St. Paul RCMP responded to a report of a carjacking in St Paul. RCMP members patrolled the area in order to locate the vehicle.
Members of the Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU) located and intercepted the stolen vehicle on Highway 55, south of Lac La Biche.
As the vehicle entered Lac La Biche, RCMP members attempted to deploy a spike belt to disable the vehicle, but this was unsuccessful.
Following this, a pursuit occurred which went through Lac La Biche County, Athabasca County, Thorhild County, and Smoky Lake County and involved members of EADRCRU, the Lac La Biche RCMP, Boyle RCMP, Smoky Lake RCMP, Redwater and Boyle Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU), and Cold Lake Police Dog Services (PDS).
EADRCRU and Smoky Lake RCMP successfully deployed spike belts along Highway 831 and the fleeing vehicle became disabled at the Highway 831 and Highway 28 intersection. The male driver ran on foot along Highway 28 until he was apprehended by RCMP members without incident along the road.
No one was injured during this sequence of events outside of minor injuries to the male victim from the initial carjacking in St Paul.
“Communication between the different RCMP Detachments and specialized units was crucial in the successful resolution of this incident,” said Cst. Guillaume Wilson (EADRCRU).