RCMP in Red Deer are searching for the person who rammed a police cruiser while driving a stolen truck Monday morning.
Mounties were patrolling the Highland Green neighbourhood around 1 a.m. when they intercepted a white 2006 Ford F350 in the process of being stolen.
Police say the truck fled police and continued on driving over a walking path next to 59 Avenue and into the Riverside Meadows area. It was located again on Kerry Wood Drive near Taylor Drive where it appeared to police to be stuck on the median.
As an officer approached the truck in a marked cruiser, the truck reversed at a high speed toward the police car. They collided and the truck fled northbound on Taylor Drive.
The cruiser was heavily damaged on the front end and the officer sustained only minor injuries and was treated at hospital.
The driver of truck is described as a Caucasian male in his early to mid-30s with a skinny build and some facial hair. He was wearing a black hat and black hoodie.
RCMP recovered the truck in a parking lot in north Red Deer shortly before 8:30 a.m.
“The driver of this truck showed blatant disregard for life – both for the safety of the public as he crashed through a park area and drove erratically at high speeds on city streets, and for the life of the police officer he intentionally collided with,” says Staff Sergeant Jeff McBeth. “This incident highlights why RCMP strongly encourage the public not to engage with criminals. Every day, police officers deal with criminals making dangerous choices trying to avoid arrest, and we’re lucky, today, that our member wasn’t seriously injured.”
Local Mounties say this is the second incident in the last four days where damage has been caused to a police cruiser by a thief in a stolen vehicle. They say on the evening of July 13, a woman driving a stolen silver 2004 Ford Freestar van collided with the side of a police car while fleeing police. The police car sustained minor damage and the police officer was not injured. That van had an Alberta license plate BWW3351 at the time of its theft and has not yet been recovered.
If you have information about either investigation, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.
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