Maskwacis youth charged with criminal code offenses after carjacking

RCMP says Wetaskiwin carjacking victim was thrown from vehicle box, in critical condition

A 17-year-old youth from Maskwacis has been charged with numerous offenses after a carjacking right in front of Wetaskiwin’s city hall Saturday, July 15.

“The registered owner who was thrown from the fleeing truck is now in critical condition and was transported by STARS to an Edmonton hospital,” stated S/Sgt. Jeremie Landry in a press release.

On July 15th, 2017, at approximately 4:05 p.m. a stolen white Chevrolet GMT-400 pickup truck was traveling east on Main Street in the City of Wetaskiwin approaching the traffic circle on 47 Street, while the registered owner was inside the bed of the truck attempting to stop it.

The stolen truck drove around a red Ford Windsor van causing minor damage to it and then drove into a blue Dodge Journey pushing it back into the traffic circle. The registered owner of the pickup truck was thrown from the bed of the truck and was injured. The stolen truck then sped through the traffic circle into the parking lot of the Manluk Center coming to a stop on the east side of the parking lot.

Numerous citizens including a large number of children were in the area at the time. The suspect fled on foot, however a suspect was located and arrested by the RCMP within minutes.

A 17-year-old male from Maskwacis allegedly involved in Saturday’s incident has been remanded into custody with a first appearance court date of July 20, 2017. The accused, who cannot be named as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with the following:

Sec 221 CC – Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm x 2, Sec 255(2.1) CC – Operation with over 80 mgs. of Alcohol Causing Bodily Harm x 2, Sec 249(3) CC – Dangerous Operation Causing Bodily Harm x 2, Sec 255(2) CC – Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm x 2, Sec 252(1.2) CC – Failure to Stop at Scene of Accident Causing Bodily Harm x 2, Sec 253(1)(a) CC – Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Sec 253(1)(b) CC – Operation Over 80 mgs. of Alcohol, Sec 249(1)(A) CC – Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle, Sec 252(1.1) CC – Failure to Stop at Scene of Accident, Sec 333.1 CC – Theft of truck, Sec 51(A) CC – Operate Motor Vehicle Without Valid Drivers License and Sec 54(1)(A) CC – Operate Motor Vehicle Without Insurance.

If you have information about this incident, please attend the Wetaskiwin Detachment or call the Wetaskiwin RCMP at 780-312-7267 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).