Stolen car in­volved in Nacmine hit and run

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

A man has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with two mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions in a stolen car that oc­curred in Nacmine early Sun­day morn­ing.

Around 4 a.m. Sun­day, Drumheller RCMP re­ceived a call re­gard­ing a sus­pi­cious in­di­vid­ual asleep in­side a car in Nacmine.

By the time they ar­rived, RCMP found that the driver of the car had tried to drive away but crashed into two parked cars in front of a res­i­dence in Nacmine and had fled on foot.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call later that morn­ing around 9 a.m. of a man sleep­ing in a back­yard in Nacmine, RCMP ar­rived and found that the sus­pect had fled again, but was soon lo­cated nearby, walk­ing along­side High­way 575.

The sus­pect matched the de­scrip­tion given by wit­nesses of the sleep­ing man ear­lier, and the in­di­vid­ual was ar­rested.

Af­ter he was de­tained and his iden­tity de­ter­mined, it was found that he faced a num­ber of charges in both Al­berta and BC. The car in­volved in the ac­ci­dent was found to have been stolen out of Cal­gary a few days prior.

“There’s more in­ves­ti­ga­tion to do but we’re pretty con­fi­dent we have the right per­son,” said Con­sta­ble Rachel Per­gu­nas.

Jeffe Hoff­man, 25, of no fixed ad­dress, was charged Tues­day with pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, fail­ure to re­main at the scene of an ac­ci­dent, breach of pro­ba­tion, and ob­struc­tion of a peace of­fi­cer.

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