UPDATE: Suspect arrested after RCMP crashed near Lethbridge


Coaldale RCMP arrested a man they believe has hit a police vehicle with a stolen truck in Lethbridge County, Alta.

On Monday, around 5:30 AM, the RCMP responded to an account of a fainted man in the driver's seat of a white Dodge Ram 1500 that was parked in a farmer's yard on Highway 512.

"The RCMP Coaldale has received numerous complaints of a similar type of truck, which was previously stolen from the Picture Butte area," said a RCMP press release.

"Complaints have also been received from the public regarding a white Dodge Ram truck that serves several rural locations, possibly stealing fuel."

When two RCMP officers arrived at the scene, the man woke up, hitched the vehicle and hit the truck in front of the police vehicle in an attempt to push him out of the way, police said.

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The RCMP was looking for a suspect after they said an RCMP SUV was hit by a truck.

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

After releasing photos of the suspect, the RCMP said they were impressed by the tips of the public.

Around 4:20 pm on Monday, the Chevrolet allegedly stolen was located in the Tempest area, east of Coaldale.

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

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Mounties later found the 32-year-old suspect hiding in a garage, and was arrested without incident.

As charges are pending, the RCMP informs that the man's name will not be disclosed at this time.

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