Wood Buffalo RCMP have charged two people after the driver of a truck hit multiple police vehicles during a traffic stop.
On Sept. 26, police were conducting a traffic stop on Highway 63 at the Athabasca Bridge.
At approximately 1:15 a.m. a white Ford F150 was seen stopping in the northbound lanes before reaching the checkpoint.
A police officer pulled up behind the pick-up truck but before they were able to speak to the driver the truck made a U-turn and began driving southbound in the northbound lanes.
The truck then struck the police officer’s vehicle and began speeding away from the scene.
Additional police officers responded to prevent the vehicle from driving in the wrong direction on the highway.
The truck was found in the area of Hospital and King Streets where it hit another police vehicle head on. The second collision stopped the truck.
Police arrested the driver and two passengers at the scene. One officer involved in the collision was taken to hospital and later released.
Jeremy Richards, 33, of Fort McMurray has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, operating a vehicle while prohibited, obstruction and assault.
He is scheduled to appear in court today at the Fort McMurray Provincial Courthouse.
A 31-year old woman from Fort MacKay has been released on a police undertaking. As the charges have not been brought before a court her name has not been released to the public.
The woman is charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle, obstruction of justice, possession of property obtained by crime, flight from police, operating a vehicle without a license and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.
A 26-year old male was released from custody on an unrelated matter and is not facing charges from the incident.
Anyone with information about this investigation or criminal activity in Wood Buffalo is asked to contact Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Tips to Crime Stoppers are always anonymous and can be sent to tipsubmit.com.
Scott McLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Fort McMurray Today