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Stolen truck suspect nabbed near Lac La Biche faces 70+ charges

Spike belt used to halt driver that police say was driving stolen truck through rural properties

A 24-year old man with warrants for 69 outstanding charges was arrested by RCMP near Lac La Biche on Thursday morning after he ran from a pickup truck that police say was stolen from the Boyle area.

Before being arrested with the assistance of the St. Paul RCMP Police Dog Services, the suspect reportedly drove a stolen Ford pickup truck through residential and farmland properties between Lac La Biche and Boyle. When Lac La Biche RCMP and members of the Eastern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit located the vehicle, a tire deflation spike strip was used that disabled the truck. 

RCMP say the suspect ran from the scene, but was found by the police dog a short time later. 

As a result of the investigation, 24-year-old Tristin Arron Buchan of no fixed address, has been charged with 10 offences, including possession of stolen property over $5,000, dangerous driving, operating a vehicle while prohibited, resisting arrest and five counts of failing to comply with court orders.

Police are also saying Buchan is wanted on 69 outstanding charges from Ontario and Edmonton in relation to property offences.

“This is another example of the Alberta RCMP’s ability to bring resources together quickly to combat rural crime. Through the team work of the Lac La Biche RCMP Detachment, St. Paul PDS, the Eastern Alberta District CRU coordinated by the RCMP K Division Real Time Operation Centre (RTOC) this accused was taken into custody quickly before he could continue to offend”, said Sgt. Mike Dunsmore of EAD CRU.

Buchan has been remanded into custody and will appear at the Alberta Court of Justice in Cold Lake on October 11.


Rob McKinley

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