Dog helps capture suspect in Smith


One person is in custody following an incident in the area of Smith during the early morning of August 30. The incident began on August 29 when a complainant advised they’d been threatened. Officers searched for the suspect. They heard the suspect was parked on a bridge crossing the Athabasca River. Members located the suspect in his vehicle. When officers approached, the male attempted to ram the police vehicles before driving away. The suspect was tracked to a nearby residence where he hid. After several hours of trying to communicate with the suspect, a police service dog was called to assist.

The male was located and arrested hiding in a shed. The suspect suffered minor dog bite wounds during the apprehension.

The 24-year-old male from Onion Lake, Saskatchewan has been charged with several Criminal Code offences including uttering threats, resisting arrest, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle among others. Court was set for September 2, 2020 in Slave Lake Provincial Court.

Weekly Update – Aug. 17 to Aug. 24, 2020
During the week of August 17th – 24th the Slave Lake RCMP received 98 calls to service. Of these calls, impaired drivers, uttering threats and thefts were the most prevalent. The following are a sample of these calls:

August 18th, 2020 – Suspended Driver
While on patrol, the RCMP witnessed a vehicle driving at night without its headlights on. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver of the vehicle was a suspended driver. The driver was charged and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The driver is required to attend court in October.

August 19, 2020 – Traffic Violation
The RCMP received several reports of a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road on Highway 2. Members made patrols of the highway in the last known direction of travel of the suspect vehicle and located it approximately 50 kilometres east of Slave Lake. The male driver was not impaired, but the RCMP had concerns about his ability to drive at night. The male was advised to park his vehicle and was driven to Slave Lake to continue his journey in the morning. The driver was issued a violation ticket for driving left of the center line.

August 22, 2020 – Assault Causing Bodily Harm
The RCMP were called to a residence where a male assaulted another. The victim was taken to hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries. The suspect male was located after the offence and was arrested and charged. He is scheduled to appear in court in October.

August 22, 2020 – Uttering Threats
The RCMP received a report of road rage at an establishment drive through. The suspect threw food at the complainant’s vehicle and threatened to damage his vehicle as well. Members attended and spoke with the complainant, who only wished for the suspect to receive a warning. The RCMP located the suspect and a warning was given.

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