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BONNYVILLE RCMP Report: Erratic driver flees from police, causes damage to police vehicles

Bonnyville RCMP report
Bonnyville RCMP Report

BONNYVILLE – An erratic driver displaying signs of impairment led Bonnyville RCMP on a lengthy pursuit.

Bonnyville RCMP Sgt. Kim Hillier said the local detachment was made aware of the driver on Feb. 11.  

“Bonnyville members attended and located the suspect vehicle, after a lengthy pursuit during which the suspects attempted several times to ram police vehicles, members were able to bring the situation to a successful end,” she said. “One police vehicle was rammed by the suspect and it was significantly damaged, however, the members inside were unharmed.”  

Both of the suspects were arrested after they drove off the road through a fence and then fled on foot.   

The Police Dog Service (PDS) Unit tracked the suspects until they surrendered to police. Both are in custody awaiting a judicial interim hearing.  

Both suspects were charged for assault on a police officer with a weapon causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle while impaired on drugs, flight from a peace officer, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, mischief under $5,000, possession of a property obtained by crime over $5,000, and two counts of failure to comply with a release order condition.  

Mailboxes broken into in Fort Kent  

“Canada Post employees reported that multiple boxes had been broken into in Fort Kent,” Hillier explained. “It’s unknown if anything is missing. The mailboxes have been repaired, however, if you believe that you’re missing important documents, please contact the sender to advise them that there may have been a theft.”  

Stolen vehicles found by RCMP  

On Feb. 5, Bonnyville RCMP received a report that a female drove into Kehewin with a possible stolen truck, and was at a local residence.  

Local members attended the scene and subsequently charged 23-year-old Charity Gadwa with theft.

“Gadwa was found to be on a Canada-wide driving prohibition,” Hillier explained. She was charged with theft of a truck and operating a motor vehicle while prohibited. Gadwa failed to speak to her bail process and was remanded into custody after a Judicial Interim Hearing.

She was expected to appear in court on Feb. 8.

Then on Feb. 6, a complaint was received about a red Pontiac Grand Am being stolen from in front of someone’s house in Sportsman Park.  

The vehicle was later located by Cold Lake RCMP in the city. A 19-year-old man from Cold Lake was charged in relation to this investigation.  

Information was then received on Feb. 8 regarding a male suspect who was travelling around Bonnyville in a stolen Jeep Patriot, which had been stolen in Cold Lake, but had been reported at multiple residences in Bonnyville.  

The Lakeland Crime Reduction (LCR) Unit was able to locate the vehicle after multiple patrols and obtained information to assist in identifying the suspect.  

Charges are pending in this investigation.

Man arrested for assault  

Members were called to a residence on 40th St. in Bonnyville on Feb. 7 after a report came in of a man who was bleeding and asking for help.  

It was determined through investigation that an assault had occurred. A 28-year-old man from Kehewin was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm and was later released on an undertaking for court on April 27.  

License plate missing  

A complainant called the police to report that his license plate 4UR518 marker from his trailer was missing.

The resident just noticed it was missing last week, and wasn’t able to determine how long the plate had been missing.

Break-in of a shed in town  

A resident called the RCMP to report that a lock was cut and his shed was broken into.  

No damages were reported to the shed and no items were noted as stolen. The break-in occurred on 46th Ave.

Robynne Henry, Bonnyville Nouvelle