Two people were arrested and charged after police said a stolen truck rammed two RCMP vehicles in a fast food drive-thru in a small town northwest of Edmonton early Friday morning.
Just after midnight, an RCMP officer determined that a truck in the drive-thru of the McDonald’s in Westlock had been reported stolen out of Athabasca. A second Mountie responded to help arrest the people in the truck. The RCMP vehicles came around either side of the drive-thru, blocking in the truck.
One of the officers turned on their vehicle’s lights to indicate the truck driver needed to stop, at which point RCMP said the driver responded by ramming both the police car in front of him and the police car behind him.
The truck rammed the police vehicles several times until it came up onto the hood of one of the RCMP vehicles, police said in a media release Friday.
Eventually, police were able to stop the truck and carried out a high-risk takedown of the two people inside.
The man driving the truck and a woman who was a passenger were taken to the local hospital to be checked out and were then taken to the Westlock RCMP detachment. RCMP said both suspects had arrest warrants out of other areas.
Westlock RCMP later said officers seized contraband under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as well as a firearm, ammunition and break-in instruments.
RCMP said June 15 that Hope Elizabeth Nixon, 24, of Spruce Grove, was charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking/recognizance. Nixon is also facing three charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of possession of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.
Damian Devon Thomas, 24, of Whitecourt, was charged with:
- two counts of assault on a police officer with a weapon
- two counts of assault with a weapon
- dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- two counts of mischief over $5,000
- two counts of mischief under $5,000
- unauthorized possession of a firearm
- possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
- possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
- possession of a break-in instrument
- two counts of resisting/obstructing a police officer
- two counts of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking/recognizance
- operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited
- two counts of possession of a weapon contrary to an order
- four possession charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
Police said no one was injured and beyond the two police vehicles, no other vehicles were involved or damaged.
Westlock is about 70 kilometres north of Edmonton.
RCMP said June 15 Nixon was released on cash bail and Thomas remained in custody.
Both are scheduled to appear in court in Westlock on June 26.
— with files from Emily Mertz, Global News