UPDATE: Charges laid against man for ramming RCMP cruiser

By Sheldon Spackman and Josh Hall
September 22, 2017 - 3:26pm Updated: October 10, 2017 - 11:03am

Update (October 10, 2017)

Red Deer RCMP have arrested and charged a 31-year-old man in relation to an incident which took place September 22.

Police say James Patrick Metzger was wanted on a number of other outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest for obstructing police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, fraud and failing to comply with conditions. Those incidents happened between May and July in Red Deer and Blackfalds.

He is now charged with assault on a peace officer and driving while unauthorized and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.

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Red Deer RCMP are on the hunt for a suspect who fled the scene after a police cruiser was rammed by a truck early Friday morning.

It happened around 2:00 a.m. when Mounties conducted a traffic stop on 40th Avenue north of Township Road 375 in Red Deer. Police say the truck stopped initially but then reversed and rammed the cruiser, turning it 180 degrees and pushing it towards a ditch.

RCMP say the collision caused the cruiser’s air bags to deploy, resulting in minor injuries to the officer. The officer however did manage to get out of the cruiser while it was being rammed and before possibly overturning into the ditch. EMS treated the officer at the scene.

Mounties say the truck involved was found abandoned a short time later, with the suspect tracked for a period of time with the help of Police Dog Services but ultimately not located.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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