Charges laid against man ac­cused of steal­ing city truck

Ve­hi­cle strikes bar­ri­cades, parked cars and signs be­fore be­ing boxed in by po­lice

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - JURIS GRANEY

Charges have been laid against a man who al­legedly stole a City of Ed­mon­ton truck from the O’Keefe Ser­vice Yard com­pound Tues­day night, po­lice said Wed­nes­day.

The 35-year-old was ar­rested just after 8 p.m. Tues­day when po­lice pinned the truck at the in­ter­sec­tion of 103A Av­enue and 97 Street.

Staff at the com­pound at 10542 Fort Hill Rd. re­ported hear­ing a dis­tur­bance at around 7:45 p.m. and called po­lice.

The Ford F-350 truck was later seen be­ing driven “er­rat­i­cally and dan­ger­ously” through down­town Ed­mon­ton, hit­ting bar­ri­cades, a parked car and a road sign be­fore tac­ti­cal and ca­nine units in­ter­cepted it at the in­ter­sec­tion less than a block from Ed­mon­ton Po­lice Ser­vice’s down­town head­quar­ters.

Po­lice said the man “ap­peared to be high on drugs.”

Eye­wit­ness Kather­ine Archibald said when the po­lice cars pinned the ve­hi­cle, of­fi­cers jumped out and be­gan try­ing to smash the win­dows.

“It was all in a mat­ter of five sec­onds,” she said.

“I had my win­dows down and you could hear them scream­ing, ‘Get out! Get out!’”

The city ’s open space op­er­a­tions su­per­vi­sor Travis Kennedy said se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at the yard had re­cently been re­viewed and that “ve­hi­cle keys are in a locked box, and ve­hi­cles in the yard are locked.”

He added that sev­eral ve­hi­cles had their win­dows smashed and steer­ing col­umns dam­aged.

“We are thank­ful that no­body was se­ri­ously hurt, that po­lice quickly cap­tured the per­son al­legedly re­spon­si­ble, and that our se­cu­rity mea­sures pro­vided quick no­ti­fi­ca­tion about the in­ci­dent,” Kennedy said in a state­ment.

Kennedy also said the yard’s main slid­ing gate was dam­aged and the doors at the back en­trance to the build­ing smashed.

Jay Robert Paul Pombert was charged with break-and-en­ter, theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cle, two counts of at­tempted theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cle, dan­ger­ous driv­ing, crim­i­nal hit and run, crim­i­nal flight, fail to stop at scene of ac­ci­dent, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied, mis­chief and sev­eral breaches of con­di­tions.

No one was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

JURIS GRANEY

Po­lice have a City of Ed­mon­ton truck pinned at the cor­ner of 97 Street and 103 Av­enue on Tues­day. The driver faces mul­ti­ple charges.

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