South Peace News
It never gets old because crime is a continuing problem, but once again High Prairie RCMP are reminding residents to lock vehicles and secure valuables.
On Sept. 27, RCMP were called to a report of an abandoned vehicle near town, reports Cpl. Chris Warren, RCMP Media Relations Group.
“When approached by a peace officer, the occupants of the vehicle were startled awake and the peace officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the vehicle attempting to depart the scene,” he says.
Police were called to assist. A brief pursuit was initiated before being called off for public safety. An arrest was later made.
Warren says the vehicle was confirmed to be stolen out of Grande Prairie.
Police have charged Allan Cloutier, 35, of Grouard, with numerous crimes including assault on a peace officer with a weapon, dangerous driving, flight from police, and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
“With the cold weather upon us, people are more inclined to keep their vehicles running in order to warm their car up. Idling vehicles are a prime target for opportunistic thieves,” says Warren.