The collision occurred near Chipman, and took place that same day.
At about 5:30 a.m., RCMP were dispatched to a commercial intrusion alarm at a location in the Village of Consort. RCMP officers from Vegreville, Tofield, Killam, and Viking detachments responded. A suspect vehicle was identified, and when RCMP attempted to contain it, it drove away at a high rate of speed. Additional RCMP vehicles entered the area near Chipman, and had intermittent contact with the suspect vehicle, which continued travelling at excessive speeds.
At a location near Chipman, the suspect vehicle turned south on Range Road 184, where a bridge was under repair, and collided with concrete barricades on the roadway. The vehicle was badly damaged and the two male occupants were trapped inside. The local fire department and EMS responded and extracted the two males from the vehicle. A 37-year-old male was transported by STARS air ambulance to hospital in Edmonton. A 40-year-old male was transported by ground ambulance to the same hospital. Both males were listed in critical condition with various injuries.
ASIRT’s investigation will focus on the actions of police during this incident, while the RCMP will maintain responsibility for the investigation into the circumstances that led up to the incident, as well as the occupants of the vehicle. As the investigation is underway, no further information will be released at this time.
ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.
This release is distributed by the Government of Alberta on behalf of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.
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