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Cold Lake man arrested in stolen vehicle after chase

A resident of Cold Lake faces charges after a low-speed pursuit. 

On July 30 Bonnyville RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle at the Kopala Building in Bonnyville but was gone when the police arrived. 

Officers soon located the Dodge Ram 3500 pick-up driving in reverse at a speed of approximately 25-30 km/hr, eastbound on Highway 28 towards Bonnyville. The truck had lost a tire and was spraying sparks. Due to the risk to users of the Highway, officers initiated a pursuit. 

Officers noted a civilian vehicle attempting to stop the suspect vehicle, which veered onto 70 Street, a side road adjacent to Highway 28. Both vehicles then collided and the suspect vehicle stopped, however, the suspect then intentionally rammed the police car, rendering it inoperable. 

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Officers were able to conduct a high-risk arrest and the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect vehicle was determined to have been stolen from a business in Bonnyville at approximately 1 a.m., on July 30. 

Simon Erwin Cardinal is facing 11 charges including assault with a weapon, operating a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner, and possession of stolen property over $5000. 

After a Judicial Interim Release Hearing, Cardinal was remanded into custody and will be appearing at Alberta Court of Justice on Aug. 1, 2023, in Bonnyville. 

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