Police arrested a man early Sunday morning in Sherwood Park after a scary series of events.
On Saturday (Dec.23) at 11:51 p.m., the RCMP were dispatched to a 911 call of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run collision on Baseline Road. A man in a stolen Mercedes Benz SUV collided with a car in an intersection, the suspect then abandoned the SUV and stole a Honda Accord from a witness who had stopped to help.
A short time later, the man crashed the Accord into a pole at the intersection of Baseline and Cloverbar Road and fled on foot.
Next, the suspect broke into a Sherwood Park house where he took keys and then a Ford Explorer. The suspect crashed the SUV into a fence and again fled on foot.
At around 2:24 a.m. on Sunday, with the assistance of the RCMP Police Dog Services and members of the public, the Strathcona County RCMP found the suspect male in the Clarkdale neighbourhood and arrested him without further incident.
At the time of his arrest, the 26-year-old was wanted on multiple warrants out of Manitoba.
The man remains in police custody pending a judicial interim release hearing. As a result of these series of incidents, he is facing nineteen new charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, failing to remain at a collision scene, failing to comply with conditions of a undertaking and others.
A 21-year-old Sherwood Park female driver involved in the initial collision was taken to an Edmonton hospital with critical injuries.
“This is such an unnecessary, tragic incident involving so many innocent people in our community,” said Sergeant Brad Golinsky of the Strathcona County RCMP. “Our hearts go out to the family of the young female involved in this collision and everyone else involved in this thoughtless crime.”
The accused cannot be named by the RCMP as charges have not been sworn.