RCMP Respond to Dangerous Driving/Hit and Run in Claresholm

Fort Macleod, Alberta  –  On Thursday, November 19, 2015 at approximately 9:30am Claresholm RCMP responded to a Hit and Run complaint in Claresholm, Alberta.   An unknown suspect was observed stealing a licence plate from a vehicle, when the plate owner attempted to follow the suspect vehicle, the vehicle purposely hit the complainant vehicle, and then drove away.   A second vehicle observed the collision and also followed the suspect vehicle providing directions to police.  RCMP members from both Claresholm and Fort Macleod Detachments responded to the complaint and located the suspect vehicle.   Police activated emergency equipment and attempted a vehicle stop on Highway 519, just east of Granum, Alberta.  The suspect vehicle was observed by police to stop on the highway, then quickly put his vehicle in reverse and rammed the front of the police vehicle.  A second police vehicle which was travelling west towards the suspect vehicle also collided with the suspect vehicle.  Immediately after the collision the male ran from the location and was arrested shortly afterwards by police.
One 29 year old male from Fort Macleod was arrested and faces numerous charges including Hit and Run, Assault Police officer with weapon, Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle, Flight from Police, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Break in Instruments.  This matter is still under investigation, and other charges are pending.