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Saturday , 28 November 2020
Cold Lake RCMP seized these items during their investigation last week. Image: RCMP.

Police Dog Services tracks down three during RCMP investigation

Cold Lake RCMP have arrested three people who fled from police after a traffic stop last week.

In the early morning on Tuesday Oct. 27, Cold Lake RCMP said they observed a suspicious vehicle bearing a stolen license plate.

The officer initiated a traffic stop when the truck quickly fled the scene, RCMP said. The suspect vehicle entered a field where they became stuck and continued to flee on foot.

RCMP Police Dog Service was deployed and three suspects were arrested.

Cold Lake RCMP said one suspect suffered a minor injury from a dog bite.

PDS located a loaded AR-15 style firearm and a duffle bag with several loaded magazines located near the truck on the track.

James Lees (22) was charged with 33 offences, some of which include the following:

  • Flight from police
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Driving while prohibited
  • Possession of stolen property under $5,000
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon (x7)
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon knowing it was prohibited (x7)
  • Possession for dangerous purpose (x2)
  • Possession of prohibited weapon in a Motor Vehicle (x7)

Lees was remanded into custody and set to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court on Tuesday morning at 10:00 am.

Myles Desjarlais (40) was charged with 17 offences, some of which include the following:

  • Flight from police
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Possession of stolen property under $5,000
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon (7x)
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon knowing it was prohibited (7x)
  • Possession for dangerous purpose (2x)
  • Possession of prohibited weapon in a motor vehicle (7x)
  • Fail to comply with release order (3x)

Desjarlais was released and set to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on December 8 at 10:00 am.

Miah Hartley (18) was charged with the following:

  • Flight from police
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Possession of stolen property under $5,000
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon (7x)
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon knowing it was prohibited (7x)
  • Careless use of a firearm
  • Possession for dangerous purpose (2x)

Hartley was released and set to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on December 8 at 10:00 am.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.