Bar­rhead RCMP - Po­lice pur­suit of stolen trac­tor ends in ar­rest

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Two peo­ple are in cus­tody fol­low­ing a sus­pi­cious per­son com­plaint that led to RCMP from Bar­rhead purs­ing a stolen trac­tor.

At 1:45 pm on Oc­to­ber 28, Bar­rhead RCMP re­sponded to a com­plaint of sus­pi­cious per­sons at a ru­ral prop­erty in the Tiger Lily area, north­west of Bar­rhead. On ar­rival, of­fi­cers learned that a man and woman had ar­rived at the prop­erty driv­ing a stolen ve­hi­cle and had left on foot af­ter po­lice were called. Pa­trols were made of the area and a man and woman match­ing the de­scrip­tion of the sus­pects were lo­cated walk­ing on High­way 655. Both sus­pects fled from po­lice and the fe­male was ap­pre­hended af­ter a short foot chase.

The male sus­pect evaded ar­rest and trav­elled through the bush, even­tu­ally steal­ing a trac­tor from a farm­ers field. Of­fi­cers lo­cated the trac­tor and the male again fled from po­lice, this time driv­ing the stolen trac­tor. Of­fi­cers at­tempted to set up a road block at which time the sus­pect used the front end loader to ram and dis­able a po­lice ve­hi­cle. Bar­rhead RCMP re­quested ad­di­tional re­sources from West­lock and May­erthorpe and alerted on­com­ing mo­torists of the on­com­ing ma­chin­ery. Af­ter ap­prox­i­mately 45 min­utes, the sus­pect at­tempted to avoid an­other road­block by driv­ing into the ditch where the trac­tor got stuck and the man was ar­rested.

41-year-old Am­ber Lor­raine Smith of May­erthorpe has been charged with Pos­ses­sion of Prop­erty Ob­tained by Crime and re­sist­ing ar­rest. She has been re­manded into cus­tody and is sched­uled to make her first ap­pear­ance on Novem­ber 1 in West­lock Pro­vin­cial Court.

41-year-old Craig Mor­ris Ben­son of May­erthorpe has been charged with As­sault­ing a Peace Of­fi­cer, Re­sist Ar­rest, Theft over $5000, Pos­ses­sion of Prop­erty Ob­tained by Crime, Flight From Po­lice, Mis­chief and Fail to Re­main at the Scene of an Ac­ci­dent. He has also been re­manded into cus­tody and is sched­uled to ap­pear on Novem­ber 14 in Bar­rhead Pro­vin­cial Court.

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