• Reporter Elaina John

Dangerous RCMP Pursuit Leads To Heavy Charges

Photo Courtesy of Jenna Cowan

On January 19, after a pursuit that began in Vermilion, a member of the Strathcona County RCMP was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

At 2:30 p.m. that day, two suspects were reported pointing a firearm in the County of Vermilion River. The suspects fled the scene in a black SUV which led to a pursuit beginning at 3:30 on Range Road 542 involving Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan RCMP.

During the pursuit, an RCMP vehicle rolled near Range Road 540. One Strathcona RCMP member was taken to the hospital, treated for minor injuries, and released. There are no other injuries to report.

The two suspects were stopped on Range Road 544 by another RCMP vehicle and taken into custody. One suspect was identified as Michael Patrick Hill, a 23-year-old man from Onion Lake, and has been charged with assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a vehicle, flight from a peace officer, pointing a firearm, operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and failure to comply. Hill has been remanded into custody and will have a hearing in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on January 27.

The second suspect was a 21-year-old female from Onion Lake and was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, and was released on an Undertaking; therefore, her name has not been released. Her hearing will take place in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on March 17.

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