By Kalinowski, Tim on August 13, 2019.
A man charged with possession of stolen property, possession of drugs and driving while prohibited pleaded guilty to the charges against him in Lethbridge provincial court last Friday.
Joshua Michael Hiott, 41, will be sentenced Sept. 16.
According to the agreed statement of facts read into the record, a man, later identified as Hiott, was found by a local farmer in his field. The farmer said Hiott was moaning uncontrollably at the time and appeared intoxicated. The farmer took his picture and a video before asking Hiott if he was alright. Hiott then drove off in the vehicle, and the farmer called the police. The farmer also followed Hiott in his vehicle and kept the police updated on where he was. The RCMP moved in to stop the vehicle, but the driver took off across a field escaping pursuit.
Upon seeing the video and photos taken of the driver, officers recognized Hiott, who was known to police. They tracked the stolen vehicle to a nearby farm house, and just as officers pulled up outside the house Hiott emerged, and immediately ran back inside upon seeing the officers.
The officers pulled weapons and demanded Hiott come out or they would obtain a warrant to enter and search the house. Someone “unknown” then shoved Hiott out forcefully from inside – at which point Hiott was arrested. At the time of his arrest, Hiott was trying to conceal something in silver tinfoil from police – these substances were later identified is methamphetamine and carfentanil.
At the time of his arrest, Hiott, who has been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), was on probation for dangerous driving and driving while intoxicated. He had also been prohibited from driving any motor vehicle.