Man rams police cars on Smith bridge; police dog helps arrest him
September 2, 2020
Judge G.W. Paul
Appearing via closed circuit video from Edmonton Remand Centre, Edward Vincent Crier (31), from Maskwacis, pled guilty to operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content over 0.08.
On June 24, 2020 at 3:07 a.m., Slave Lake RCMP officers noticed a grey Mitsubishi drive through the 711 parking lot without stopping, said the Crown prosecutor. The officers ran the plate and saw that it was a rental. Later, the officers saw the vehicle driving fast and almost blow a stop sign. The officer turned on their lights. Instead of stopping, the vehicle sped up. It eventually pulled over.
One officer spoke with the passengers, said the Crown. The other spoke with Crier, who was driving. The odour of alcohol wafted from the vehicle. There were beer cans and other open liquor containers in the vehicle. Crier failed a mandatory breath test. Crier was arrested. Police found a beer can in his jacket pocket. At the detachment, he blew 0.16 and 0.15, twice the legal limit.
Crier received the mandatory penalty for a first impaired with an alcohol blood content this high – $1,500 and a one-year driving prohibition. No time to pay was given. Crier will serve default time in jail.
Keno Avery Waskahat (24) appeared via closed circuit video from Edmonton Remand Centre. He pled guilty to failure to comply with a probation order, flight from a peace officer, dangerous operation of a vehicle, and assault with a weapon.
On August 29, 2020 around 8 p.m., Slave Lake RCMP receive a report that Waskahat was threatening a woman, said the Crown. Waskahat was under a probation order, which included a condition not to contact this person. The victim said, that Waskahat was driving around Smith in an older white Chevy pickup with a stolen license plates. He was texting her that he had a gun. That he was going to go to her place and “shoot it up.” The RCMP was not able to find Waskahat.
Around 9:15 p.m., the victim called police again, said the Crown. She said Waskahat had come to where she was at, yelled at her mother, then left again. He sent texts that he was going to shoot up the house and “make everyone cry.” While the victim had never seen the gun, Waskahat had claimed before that he had one. He also stole $500 worth of her makeup.
During the search, RCMP ‘pinged’ Waskahat’s phone. It pinged within one kilometre of the residence in Smith, and later on East Fawcett Road.
The next day, the victim called police again, said the Crown. Waskahat was Snapchatting with her. He said he was going to kill himself. He had blood on his shirt and a cord around his neck. He said he was on the Athabasca River bridge in Smith.
At 3:35 a.m., RCMP arrived at the single lane Smith bridge, said the Crown. They saw headlights on the other end. They couldn’t tell if it was Waskahat. The officers in two police cars started across the bridge. An older white Chevy pickup accelerated toward them. The officer in the lead car backed up to get out of the way. The officer in the rear car did the same thing, but was unable to get traction on the wet wooden decking of the bridge. The front car backed into the rear car.
The Chevy escaped past the police and went into Smith, said the Crown. Police found the vehicle in the driveway of a residence. Witnesses said that Waskahat was hiding in a shed in the back. A police dog and handler from Grande Prairie were called in to assist.
At 5:10 a.m., Waskahat’s phone pinged within 1.5 km of the residence. The police tried repeatedly to call Waskahat’s phone, but it went to voicemail. They also told him three times over the loudspeaker to come out and that he was under arrest.
Around 8 a.m., the police dog and officers found Waskahat, said the crown. The dog bit Waskahat in the leg. He also sustained other minor injuries which didn’t require an ambulance.
The Crown classified Waskahat’s record as “not significant.”
Waskahat struggles with alcohol addiction, said the defence.
Waskahat was sentenced to 90 days total and a one year driving prohibition. This was broken down into 15 days for failure to comply; 30 days concurrent for flight from a peace officer; 30 days concurrent and a one year driving prohibition for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and 90 days for assault with a weapon.
Waskahat had 38 days credit, so 52 left to serve.
Tricia Lynn Beaver (45), of Wabasca, pled guilty to failure to appear and breach of conditions.
The charges were from 2019.
“Ms. Beaver you are a sad case,” said Judge Paul. “You’d stopped getting into trouble in 2016,” but in the last few years are once again committing crimes.
Beaver is addicted to methamphetamine, said the defence. She’s been on the methadone program since this spring. She’s currently living with her mother in Wabasca, and hitchhiked to Slave Lake for court.
Beaver was fined $100 each. No time to pay was given, the default time of two days was concurrent for each. Beaver was given two days credit for court appearances.
“Go home to your mother,” said Judge Paul. “Help her. Stay sober, and don’t come back.”
On September 9, 2020, Jesse Lee Large was convicted of two charges of possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes. However, the reason these charges sounded so similar is that they were from the same case.
On September 23, the Crown recognized his mistake. One of the convictions was withdrawn.
The convictions were concurrent conditional discharges, so this only changes the length of his criminal record, not the totality of the sentence.
A Widewater man’s guns were forfeited to the Queen. The Slave Lake RCMP seized these firearms and remanded the man under the Mental Health Act. The man possessing the firearms was deemed to be a danger to himself and others. Between the seizure and this court appearance, the man’s firearm’s license was revoked.