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Police say ‘highly intoxicated’ woman assaulted officer at Alberta hockey game

The Enmax Centrium, the home of the Red Deer Rebels.
The Enmax Centrium, the home of the Red Deer Rebels. Credit: Google Street View

Two police officers were assaulted and two people were arrested during a Red Deer Rebels hockey game in Red Deer, Alta. on Saturday night.

At around 9:30 p.m., RCMP officers on duty at the game were asked to help security remove a 21-year-old woman they believed was heavily intoxicated.

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“I understand that security had some issues with them earlier,” Staff Sgt. Rob Marsollier said. “When they asked them to leave because the game had ended, the female refused or was not cooperating.”

While being arrested, she “resisted vigorously, striking and kicking both police officers repeatedly,” RCMP said in a news release Monday.

“She was fighting, kicking and screaming,” Marsollier said. “We called for backup of other additional members, because we only had two at the game at the time.”

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A 27-year-old man who was with her at the time attempted to intervene during the arrest and was also taken into custody, police said.

She was eventually arrested without injury. Both officers sustained minor injuries.

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The woman will face three charges of assault on a police officer, two charges of resisting/obstructing a peace officer and one count each of uttering threats and mischief. The man will face two charges of uttering threats and one charge of mischief.

“I would suggest there will be a ban from the arena for at least a year,” Marsollier added.

Neither suspect can be named at this time as the charges haven’t been sworn before the courts. Both are to appear in court on Dec. 19.