Drayton Valley man facing charges following police chase

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
February 20, 2018 - 9:20am

A Drayton Valley man is facing multiple charges after fleeing police in a vehicle that was allegedly stolen during an armed robbery/car jacking on Highway 43 in Stony Plain. 

It was just before 1 a.m. last Friday when Stony Plain RCMP responded to an armed robbery/ car jacking that occurred on Highway 43, where a citizen had his truck stolen from him.  Two men demanded his wallet, cellphone, Ipad and his truck.  The driver complied and the suspects fled in both the truck they were initially driving and the stolen truck. 

The victim described the suspects as Caucasian in the age range of 20 – 30 years old and were driving a 2000s model GMC crew cab with a tidy tank in the back.  

An alert was sent to all surrounding detachments to be aware of this incident, and to monitor for both the stolen truck and the suspect truck.

At 8:30 a.m., Breton RCMP members received information that led them to locate the stolen truck on Highway 39, however the driver of the vehicle fled.  A pursuit ensued which included assistance from the detachments of Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House, Drayton Valley and Thorsby.  

The pursuit ended in Rimbey's RCMP area when the truck was stopped and the driver was arrested. 

Christopher Jacob Burke, 23, was arrested in the stolen truck and taken to Drayton Valley RCMP Detachment. Burke faces multiple charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Burke has been remanded in custody and is scheduled for court on February 20 in Drayton Valley.

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