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Man with stolen vehicle charged with impaired driving

Ponoka RCMP helped locate a suspect driving a stolen vehicle on the QE2

RCMP’s central crime reduction crews assisted several detachments in a stolen vehicle file.

The joint effort on Nov. 20 helped nab 30-year-old man who faces several criminal charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, impaired operation (by a drug) of a motor vehicle and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 (x6).

Ponoka and Wetaskiwin RCMP notified the crime reduction team that a Dodge Ram, stolen out of Blackfalds had been found.

“The Ponoka RCMP had earlier located and attempted to stop the truck but it fled at high speed to avoid apprehension,” states the release.

Police allege that Matthew Alec Edward Burton was driving the pickup where it was found northbound on Highway 2 through Leduc and into Edmonton. Police say it was being driven in a dangerous manner.

“Once the truck was stationary and the situation was safe to affect an arrest, the male driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, was apprehended, following a short foot chase,” state RCMP.

RCMP state that Burton was allegedly in possession of a forged cheque, along with a large amount of stolen documents, vehicle keys, stolen credit cards and identification.

”The RCMP continue to investigate and sort through evidence in relation to this incident,” say RCMP. “It is believed that several different offences are tied to the stolen identifications, from multiple jurisdictions throughout Alberta.”

Burton is remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Leduc Provincial Court on Nov. 29.

“We believe that our involvement in this apprehension stopped ongoing offences from being committed in relation to the stolen credit cards and identification” says Cpl. Will Hiscock of the CAD CRU. “Being able to help so many different detachments and stop the activities of repeat offenders reinforces our ongoing mandate in crime reduction.”

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