At approximately 9:15 a.m. on March 3, a Chestermere Peace Officer was on routine patrol on Range Road 284, south of Chestermere Boulevard. The officer attempted to stop a southbound Dodge Dakota for a traffic violation.
However, when the officer activated the patrol car’s emergency equipment, the vehicle quickly accelerated continuing southbound toward Township 240.
The officer slowed, deactivated the emergency equipment and did not pursue the vehicle.
Shortly afterwards, the Peace Officer came upon a two-vehicle collision, involving the Dodge Dakota and a work van, at the intersection of Range Road 284 and Township 240.
Video evidence obtained of the incident indicates the southbound Dodge Dakota collided with the van in the intersection at high speed, forcing both vehicles off the road. The driver of the van was not injured, however the driver of the Dakota had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Chestermere Fire Department. Both occupants of the Dodge Dakota were then transported by EMS to hospital in non-life-threatening condition.
Further investigation found the vehicle and license plate had been reported stolen from High River. The occupants of the stolen vehicle were also wanted on several outstanding warrants, and are now facing numerous traffic and additional criminal charges in relation to this event.
Chestermere RCMP and Peace Officers continue to investigate this incident, and are thankful no members of the public were injured.