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Okotoks RCMP Lay Charges against males after pursuit

Okotoks, Alberta – On July 14, 2016 Okotoks RCMP laid 22 criminal code charges against a 24-year-old man after an attempt to arrest him led to a pursuit and a motor vehicle collision.

Early in the morning, Okotoks RCMP received a complaint of a residential break and enter where three vehicles were stolen.  The RCMP located one of the stolen vehicles and two male suspects at the Walmart parking lot.  The two males fled in the stolen vehicle after the police tried to effect a traffic stop.  A pursuit was initiated and immediately terminated, however, the RCMP cruiser collided with an unrelated vehicle.

High River and Turner Valley RCMP members later located and arrested the two males; 24-year-old James Anthony Chartrand of no fixed address, and a 16-year-old Calgary male who cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Chartrand has had a bail hearing and was remanded in custody.  He is charged with:

–       Assault with a weapon x 2

–       Assault a peace officer x 4

–       Fail to stop at the scene of an accident x 2

–       Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle x 2

–       Flight from police x 3

–       Break and enter and commit theft

–       Possession of property obtained by crime

–       Motor vehicle theft x 3

–       Theft under $5,000

–       Fraud x 2

–       Identity Fraud

Chartrand will be having a subsequent bail hearing in Provincial Court in Okotoks on Friday July 22, 2016.

The 16-year-old male is facing several charges and will be in Calgary youth court on July 20, 2016 for a bail hearing.

This matter is now before the courts.

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