Beiseker RCMP arrest man in stolen vehicle after pursuit with police vehicles

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Beiseker, Alberta – Beiseker RCMP arrested a man early Friday morning after the stolen truck he was driving collided with a farmers fence during his efforts to flee.

At 7:05 am on October 5, Beiseker RCMP responded to multiple reports of a suspicious vehicle. A truck covered in mud observed spinning it's tires in the community of Acme Alberta. Investigation determined the vehicle was also reported eastbound on Highway 567 driving in the opposing lane forcing drivers into the ditch to avoid a head-on collision. RCMP determined the truck had been stolen and boxed it in. The truck reversed in an attempt to strike the marked police vehicle. The police were successful in reversing to avoid a collision. With the assistance of the Three Hills RCMP, Airdrie Crime Reduction Unit and Calgary Police HAWCS Air support, the vehicle was later located stationary. The male driver was taken into custody without further incident. The police officer occupying the police vehicle at the time of the collision was not injured. RCMP seized the stolen vehicle and continue to investigate.

21-year old Bryan Lawrence Moffitt was on release conditions of a recognizance at the time of his arrest for being in possession of a stolen vehicle earlier this year. He now faces the following additional charges:

· Criminal Code 249.1(1) – Operate motor vehicle while being pursued by a peace officer

· Criminal Code 249(1)(A) – Dangerous Operation of motor vehicle

· Criminal Code 355(A) – Possession of Stolen Property exceeding $5000

· Criminal Code 430(4) – Mischief to property not exceeding $5000

· Criminal Code 259(4) – Operation of motor vehicle while disqualified

· Criminal Code 117.01(1) – Possession of ammunition while prohibited x2

· Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions of Recognizance

Moffitt is scheduled to appear in Provincial court in Calgary, October 9, 2018. "This is another example displaying how the RCMP will utilize all resources to combat rural crime" - Sgt. Norman Mercier.

Crime reduction units rely on intelligence gathering to identify crime trends, primarily in hotspots, target repeat offenders and disrupt criminal activity in communities across the province.