A Grande Prairie resident faces 20 Criminal Code charges after a July 25 encounter with Slave Lake RCMP. Not because he was doing anything particularly criminal at the time, but a lot of things were catching up with him.
According to a release from Slave Lake RCMP Staff/Sgt. John Spaans, the matter came to police attention at about 11:30 p.m. on that date. Somebody alerted police to “two people standing on Hwy. 2 west of Slave Lake waiving (sic) their arms at passing traffic.”
Why they were doing that was not revealed in the news release. Trying to get a ride, perhaps? If so, it didn’t work, but it did result in a visit from the RCMP.
Asked for his name, the 34-year-old gave a false one; when challenged, he corrected it.
A search revealed that somebody by that name was under all sorts of court-imposed conditions, and was violating several of them.
Prohibited weapons (a switchblade knife and brass knuckles) were in his possession, as well as a drug believed to be methamphetamine, fentanyl and prescription pills.
Police were keeping the man in custody pending a formal bail hearing.
High Prairie RCMP were looking for a missing person on July 26 when they found human remains. This was a in a wooded area near Driftpile.
“There is no indication that this is a suspicious incident,” said the RCMP in a July 27 release.
The release contained no speculation about who, where, when or why. Further updates are awaiting the results of a medical examination, plus the investigations of the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section at the scene.
Flight from Fawcett
Westlock RCMP were on a routine patrol in the hamlet of Fawcett at 12:30 on the morning of July 24 when they pulled over a vehicle towing a trailer.
What happened next was quite alarming.
“The suspect vehicle rammed the police vehicle before fleeing the scene,” says a release from the RCMP. “A pursuit ensued and the police vehicle was rammed a second time.”
The suspects sped off in the direction of Athabasca. South of that community the Athabasca RCMP had set up a welcome mat in the form of a spike belt. An officer was in the process of deploying the device when the suspect vehicle arrived on the scene. It drove toward the officer, says the release, but he was not injured.
The incident ended with the arrest of two suspects. One is from Edmonton and the other from Barrhead; both are in their twenties. Not surprisingly, methamphetamine appears to have been involved. The pair face a number of charges and are due to appear in Westlock Provincial Court on Aug. 14.