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Cold Lake RCMP arrest suspects after police vehicle rammed

Two people from the Lakeland region have been arrested and charged in relation to the alleged theft of a vehicle from Grande Prairie, and further using that vehicle to assault and evade police.
Recovered stolen vehicle
Cold Lake RCMP recover a truck reported stolen from Grande Prairie. Two suspects from the Lakeland region have been charged for allegedly being in possession of the stolen vehicle and using the vehicle to assault police.

COLD LAKE – Several charges have been laid against two people following an attempted traffic stop where the driver allegedly reversed into the front end of a police vehicle then fled from RCMP on Aug. 18, near Cold Lake. 

“Officers from Cold Lake RCMP’s Lakeland Crime Reduction Unit (LCRU) were conducting patrols in rural Cold Lake and observed a suspicious pickup truck which matched the description of a suspect vehicle believed to be involved with criminal activity in the area,” stated an RCMP release. 

When police attempted to conduct a traffic stop with the suspect vehicle, the driver of the suspect vehicle allegedly proceeded to reverse into the front end of the police vehicle and then attempted to flee from the area. 

The suspect vehicle, which had been reported as stolen out of Grande Prairie, was later abandoned in a nearby field, according to RCMP. 

Police created a containment area with assistance from officers from the Cold Lake and Bonnyville RCMP Detachments and the Cold Lake Police Dog Service.  

The two suspects were eventually located and arrested.  

Cold Lake resident Aaron Issac Capp, 35, and Helen Rochelle Smith 25, a resident of Frog Lake First Nation, face several charges in relation to the Aug. 18 incident. 

Capp is facing charges of assault on police, mischief under $5,000, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and resisting arrest. 

The 35-year-old is further charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of methamphetamine and failing to comply with a release order. 

Smith has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. 

She has also been charged with breaking and entering, possession of methamphetamine, and three counts of failing to comply with release order. 

Capp was released by a Justice of the Peace on a cash bail release order with conditions.  

Smith has been remanded into Police custody by a Justice of the Peace.  

Both Capp and Smith are scheduled to appear at Cold Lake Provincial Court on Sept. 14.