One male released to the care of hospital from injuries sustained in flight from police.

On October 31, the Drumheller RCMP apprehended a male following a report of a theft from a store in Carbon. The suspect fled the area in a white Kia compact car.

The police located the vehicle and attempted to stop the suspect who then tried to evade police, driving dangerously on the highway.

"He did steal a vehicle belonging to a relative in Carbon the night before which he is also being charged with," explained Corporal Rachel Pergunas. "I believe he took that vehicle to that area and then came back with a stolen vehicle."

When the suspect fled, police did not pursue the male in interest for the safety of motorists, as he was heavily intoxicated. The suspect vehicle was located in a rural area where it continued to evade police, striking a fence and ditch in the process.

The suspect then fled on foot into a nearby coulee at which time Police Dog Services (PDS) attended and were able to locate the suspect. The suspect suffered serious non-life threatening injuries during the collision with the ditch and was taken to the hospital.

"They are substantial enough that he will be in the hospital for a little while," Cpl Pergunas commented on the suspect's injuries. "With charges as serious as his, generally we would put him in front of a justice as well."

The male has been released into the custody care of the hospital and Cpl Pergunas said that he's, at the very least, lucky.

"He's lucky that he was found because I think that if we hadn't located him, he would've been in a significantly worse situation if he'd been left there overnight to deal with his injuries on his own."

The accused has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, dangerous driving and flight from police. He is set to appear in Drumheller Provincial Court on Jan. 25, 2019. His name cannot be released at this time pending swearing of an Information with new charges.

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