Man arrested and charged with 36 counts after incident with police
Whitecourt, Alberta – On Thursday February 26, 2015 at approximately 6:20 a.m., Whitecourt RCMP officers were dispatched to a complaint of a possible impaired driver where the vehicle was parked in the middle of Old Blue Ridge Highway between Whitecourt and the Hamlet of Blue Ridge.
Officers soon located the vehicle and in dealing with the driver and lone occupant, Bradley DUFF, a 29-year-old wanted man from the Grande Prairie area, an altercation ensued with officers and DUFF escaped and sped away in with the vehicle he was driving.
DUFF’s vehicle was later located approximately 5 kilometres away and a perimeter was established by responding Whitecourt RCMP officers with assistance from RCMP Air Services police helicopter and Police Dog Services. During the police approach, DUFF accelerated at a high rate of speed, narrowly missing the officers on foot and in cruisers. In his escape attempt DUFF struck one unoccupied unmarked police truck and further up the road, rammed two unoccupied police cruisers previously parked to block the road. Upon impact, DUFF rolled his vehicle and ran toward the trees where he was quickly apprehended with the assistance of Police Dog Services.
It was determined the pickup truck DUFF was driving, along with a snowmobile in the cargo area of the truck, were both stolen. Also recovered from the stolen pickup truck were: a loaded .357 magnum handgun, a high powered rifle, a flare gun altered to shoot shotgun shells, 33 grams of what appears to be methamphetamine, various drug paraphernalia and several stolen chainsaws. The two police cruisers which were rammed are believed damaged beyond repair.
“Our officer’s assessment of the situation, coupled with a swift and measured response, protected them from a potentially fatal situation”, states Chief Superintendent Brenda Lucki, District Commander for the Western Alberta District. “It became clear very quickly that this individual was not going to surrender easily.”
Bradley DUFF has been charged with 36 Criminal Code counts including: Assault Police Officer, Evade Police, Resist Arrest, Possession of Stolen Property Under (and over) $5000, Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition while Prohibited, Mischief, Breach of Recognizance (and Probation), and Drive While Disqualified.
DUFF has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear via CCTV in Whitecourt Provincial Court on Tuesday March 10, 2015.
Fortunately, this incident occurred in a remote area and the public was not at risk throughout the events.