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Police pursuit results in charges for Ashmont man

An 35-year-old man faces a dozen drug and weapons related charges.

ST. PAUL - A police pursuit on July 29 resulted in charges against a 35-year-old man. RCMP also seized of a number of weapons.

At about 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, St. Paul RCMP Traffic Services located a vehicle that was believed to be connected to a man who was breaching conditions of release for significant charges and intimidation of witnesses. 

"The officer attempted a vehicle stop at which time the vehicle fled. A pursuit was initiated and additional officers requested from St. Paul and Smoky Lake detachments," according to RCMP.

Eventually, the suspect driver and passenger fled on foot after abandoning the vehicle in a field. Both occupants were arrested after a successful foot pursuit.

"St. Paul Police Dog Service attended and assisted in conducting an article search for any items that the suspects may have discarded," according to RCMP.

The vehicle was searched and drugs and weapons were seized, including brass knuckles, shotgun shells, machete, two drug scales, five grams of suspected methamphetamine, six grams of suspected cocaine, six grams of suspected heroin, and two grams of Psilocybin.

A residence was also conducted as a result of the initial investigation, and police located and seized a gun. 

Oliver Memnook, 35, of Ashmont, Alta., was charged with a dozen drug and weapons related offences along with four Traffic Safety Act offences. He also had outstanding warrants out of St. Paul RCMP for breach of a release order and failing to comply with a probation order.

He was taken before a justice and held in custody with his next court appearance set for Aug. 3 in Bonnyville.