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Lacombe Police nab car thieves

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Lacombe, Alberta (November 9, 2017) - On the 30th of October, 2017 at approximately 12:30 AM, a member of the Lacombe Police Service observed a black Dodge Ram 1500 and grey Kia Soul travelling southbound in the 4600 block of 58th Street in Lacombe. The member observed that the Kia Soul did not have its headlights on and therefore activated the emergency equipment on their marked police vehicle in an attempt have the vehicle pull over so that they could be informed that their headlights were not on.

The Dodge truck and Kia Soul began to accelerate attempting to evade Police. At this point, the Kia Soul swerved sharply to the left in an attempt to pass the Dodge Truck. The Dodge truck also began turning left at a high rate of speed and collided with the Kia Soul causing it to spin and strike a traffic sign located on the side of the road. The Dodge truck continued southbound on 58th Street while the Kia Soul suffered extensive damage rendering it inoperable.

A check of the licence plate by Police on the Kia Soul revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen to the Innisfail RCMP on October 29th, 2017. The lone female occupant of the Kia Soul was then taken into custody.

Brianna CARROLL (22 yrs) of Red Deer has been charged with 4 Criminal Code offences, which include;

  • Dangerous Driving Sec. 249(1)(a) CC
  • Operation of Motor Vehicle while being pursued by police Sec. 249.1(1) CC
  • Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000.00 Sec. 355(a) CC
  • Possession of Break in Instruments Sec. 351(1) CC

Members located the Dodge truck abandoned at the intersection of 45th Avenue and C&E Trail. The Dodge truck had also sustained damage due to the collision which disabled the vehicle. Subsequent investigation determined that the Dodge truck had just been stolen from a residence in Lacombe. A track was conducted utilizing the assistance of a K-9 member from the Red Deer City RCMP. Along the route of the track, a backpack was located containing a sawed off shot gun. As the track continued, Police located and arrested a male hiding in a backyard shed of a residence in the area.

Daniel BUEHLER (21 yrs) of Red Deer has been charged with 11 Criminal Code offences, which include:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle x 2. Sec. 333.1 CC
  • Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000.00 Sec. 355(a) CC
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon Sec. 92(2) CC
  • Possession of Weapons contrary to an Order x 2 Sec. 117.01(3) CC
  • Operation of Motor Vehicle while being pursued by police Sec. 249.1(1) CC
  • Unsafe/Careless Storage of a Firearm Sec. 86(1) CC
  • Possess Break in Instruments Sec. 351(1) CC
  • Dangerous Driving Sec. 249(1)(a) CC
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon Sec. 90(1) CC

BUEHLER was remanded in custody with his next court appearance scheduled for November 17th, in Red Deer Provincial Court. CARROLL is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on November 10th, 2017.