By Shurtz, Delon on June 18, 2020.
One of three people arrested Monday after city police recovered a stolen vehicle made her first appearance in court Wednesday.
Aedan Tanya Betts of Lethbridge addressed her charges by phone from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, where she has been remanded since her arrest.
The accused and two other individuals were charged after police noticed a Dodge Charger, which had been stolen in Pincher Creek, driving in the area of 2A Avenue and 13 Street North in Lethbridge. Police followed the vehicle and managed to trap it from escaping, even though the driver revved the engine in an effort to get away.
The driver and two passengers, one of whom was seen driving the vehicle earlier in the day, were arrested and, during a search, police seized a small amount of fentanyl and methamphetamine, as well as bear spray and a knife.
Betts, 19, is charged with: possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a controlled substance, four counts of failure to comply with a release order, driving while prohibited, and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order.
Hailey Michelle Pierce, 18, of Lethbridge, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized possession of a weapon, and failure to comply with a probation order.
Derek Edward Schalk, 23, of Lethbridge, is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, failure to comply with a release order, failure to comply with a probation order, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, and driving without proper supervision.
Betts will remain in custody at least until her next court appearance Friday, ostensibly for a bail hearing.
“The Crown is opposed to the release of the accused,” Crown prosecutor Bruce Ainscough told court.
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