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UPDATE: Suspect arrested after RCMP vehicle rammed near Lethbridge

RCMP are searching for a suspect after a truck rammed an RCMP SUV on Jan. 14, 2019.
RCMP are searching for a suspect after a truck rammed an RCMP SUV on Jan. 14, 2019. RCMP/Global News

Coaldale RCMP have arrested a man who they believe rammed a police vehicle with a stolen truck in Lethbridge County, Alta.

On Monday at around 5:30 a.m., RCMP responded to a report of a man passed out in the driver’s seat of a white Dodge Ram 1500 that was parked in a farmer’s yard on Highway 512.

“The Coaldale RCMP have received numerous complaints of a similar type [of] truck, which was stolen previously from the Picture Butte area,” an RCMP news release said.

“Complaints have also been received from the public regarding a white Dodge Ram truck attending several rural locations, possibly stealing fuel.”

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When two RCMP officers arrived at the location, the man woke up, put the vehicle in gear and rammed the pickup truck into the front of the police vehicle in an attempt to push it out of the way, police said.

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RCMP were searching for a suspect after they said an RCMP SUV was rammed by a truck.
RCMP were searching for a suspect after they said an RCMP SUV was rammed by a truck. RCMP/Global News

Investigators say a second truck, a black 1993 Chevrolet was reported stolen not far from where the Dodge truck was recovered.

After releasing dash camera photos of the suspect, RCMP say they were overwhelmed with public tips.

At around 4:20 p.m. on Monday, the reportedly stolen Chevrolet was spotted in the Tempest area east of Coaldale.

RCMP say they followed the vehicle to the east side of Stafford Lake, where the suspect ditched the vehicle and ran on foot to the south side of the lake and into a residential area.

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Mounties later located the suspect hiding in a garage, and he was arrested without incident.

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Darrin Bressellar, 32, of Lethbridge was charged with:

  • ​dangerous operation of motor vehicle
  • possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 (x2)
  • flight from officer
  • resisting arrest
  • breaking and entering with intent to commit an indictable offence
  • mischief under $5,000
  • failure to comply with a recognizance (x2)
  • operating motor vehicle without insurance
  • displaying unauthorized licence plate
  • driving while unauthorized
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