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Stolen vehicle, evasion suspect to have bail hearing

By Shurtz, Delon on March 25, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

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A man driving a stolen vehicle took the term “drive through” a little too literally last week.

Police were on the lookout for a stolen Ford Explorer when they noticed it Friday in the Dairy Queen drive-through on Mayor Magrath Drive South. As officers tried to trap the vehicle to prevent the driver from fleeing, he drove into a police vehicle then into the side of a Motel 6 office building.

The driver tried again to evade police but eventually gave up and was arrested without further incident, police reported. Two passengers in the vehicle were also taken into custody.

Police searched the vehicle and seized a can of bear spray, which is a prohibited weapon under the Criminal Code, and found a key to a Hyundai vehicle previously stolen and recovered the day before.

Damage to the motel and Explorer is estimated at $75,000 to $100,000.

Anthony Douglas Johnston, 25, of Lethbridge is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, driving while uninsured, operating a motor vehicle while prohibited, flight from police, dangerous driving and possession of a prohibited weapon. He appeared in court Tuesday by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, and was remanded until Friday for a bail hearing.

Brandon Chase Kyle Healy, 26, of Standoff, was charged with breach of an undertaking, while the third passenger in the stolen truck was released without charges.

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