It was a busy week for Sylvan Lake RCMP with a number of high profile cases taking place, which led to multiple police vehicles being rammed bysuspects.
On Wednesday October 21, members of the Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment were investigating a report of suspicious vehicles in the rural area eastof Sylvan Lake.
RCMP located the vehicles with the drivers of the vehicles refusing to comply. The vehicles then fled the area at a high rate of speed. Sylvan LakeRCMP stated in a press release they disengaged the drivers due to a perceived danger to the public. They then began patrols of the area andlocated one suspect. Members then attempted to stop the other vehicle a second time. According to Sylvan Lake RCMP the driver of the secondvehicle then rammed the police vehicle causing extensive damage. A second police vehicle close by was also rammed before the suspect vehiclehit a power pole while trying to evade the officers.
RCMP reported two officers were injured during this incident with one receiving medical treatment on scene.
The occupant of the vehicle, Mitchell Thomas Huber, 21 years old, of Blackfalds is being charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, twocounts of failing comply with probation orders, possession of property obtained by crime, operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued,dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and two counts of assault with a weapon.
Huber appeared in Red Deer Provincial Court on Friday.
Shortly after this incident RCMP responded to reports of a located stolen vehicle at the Fas Gas in Sylvan Lake. According to the Sylvan Lakedetachment, officers arrived on scene and located a lone male occupant of the vehicle who then attempted to flee the scene. During his attemptthe occupant of the vehicle rammed a civilian vehicle as well as a police vehicle before becoming stuck after driving over an embankment whichdropped about 6-8 ft. RCMP stated the male was taken into custody after a short struggle, with two officers being injured in the incident butneither requiring medical treatment.
Anthony Dacid Kardelis, 34 years old, of Red Deer is being charged with three counts of assault with a weapon, possession of property obtainedby crime, two counts of mischief, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, resisting a police officer, and two counts ofbreaching probation order.
Kardelis appeared in court on Thursday October 22.
“I am proud of the actions of our members,” stated Sylvan Lake RCMP Staff Sargent Gary Rhodes. “They placed themselves in harms way to keepthe citizens of Sylvan Lake safe. I am happy to confirm all the injured members are back at work. I would also like to thank the citizens whoassisted in notifying the RCMP of this criminal behaviour which ultimately led to the arrest and the laying of criminal charges against two maleindividuals”.