Time in jail for bicycle guy who fled


This is a follow-up report from Town of Slave Lake Enforcement Services, on a Sept. 3 incident, reported in the Sept. 23 Lakeside Leader. The culprit was convicted and sent to jail for a short time.

Ruben Houle pleaded guilty to a Criminal Code Offence of Obstruction and other charges after he fled from Peace Officers on a bike.

At 9 am on September 3rd, 2020, Slave Lake Peace Officers responded to a suspicious person complaint of a male on a bike with a backpack at the MRC. Upon arrival, the suspect fled on a bike resulting in a foot chase by Peace Officers. One Peace Officer sustained minor injuries and remains on light duty.

Peace Officers captured the suspect and arrested him. Houle was also wanted on several Criminal Code warrants and was breaching his conditions. He appeared in Slave Lake Provincial Court and was sentenced to 45 days in jail for obstructing and running from the Peace Officers.

In other news from the town’s enforcement services, a Slave Lake resident pleaded guilty to serious provincial animal cruelty charges for allowing an animal to be in distress, contrary to the Animal Protection Act. The Crown Prosecutor commended the officers for their thorough investigation. The resident was ordered to make a cash donation to the Animal Rescue Committee.

Finally, a woman charged for operating a motor vehicle with no insurance failed to appear for her court date. A warrant was sworn against her for her arrest. Once captured, she’ll be summoned before court to speak to her charges

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