By Jensen, Randy on June 25, 2020.
LETHBRIDGE HERALD – CLARESHOLM
A Vulcan man is facing 31 charges following a pair of pursuits and damaging police vehicles from southern Alberta RCMP detachments.
On Sunday morning, Claresholm RCMP were checking a vehicle that was suspected of being stolen. The driver was asleep in the vehicle and as the RCMP member approached the vehicle, the driver awoke and put the one-ton pickup in motion slamming into two police vehicles. One police vehicle was disabled, the other entered into a pursuit that was terminated when it was deemed to be too dangerous to the public.
On Tuesday, the same vehicle was seen by a Nanton RCMP member in Nanton parked in a driveway in town. When the member started to approach, the driver put the vehicle in motion, and in his attempt to depart, collided with the police vehicle. A pursuit ensued, leaving Nanton and heading into rural areas east of Nanton.
A civilian noticed the police action in the rural area, as the pursuit had gone past his house on more than one occasion.
The civilian decided to pull his own vehicle across the roadway and abandon it, in an effort the slow or stop the chase. The pursued vehicle chose to slam into this parked vehicle, disabling his in the process.
The suspect was taken to Claresholm Hospital to be checked, but was not admitted. No civilians or police officers were injured in the incident, RCMP said in a release.
Hudson Soll, 25, from Vulcan, is facing a total of 31 charges including two counts of assault on police, two counts of flight from police, two counts of escape lawful custody, three counts of mischief, possession of stolen property, three firearms offences and a number of vehicle offences and breaches of conditions all under the Criminal Code.
The RCMP are reminding the public they do not encourage the public to engage in these types of events for their safety.