A carjacking suspect was arrested Friday morning when a high-speed chase — which started with a robbery in Edmonton — came to an end in Sherwood Park after a police truck and another vehicle crashed into a grove of trees.
It began early Friday when a man, who police say was armed, stole a vehicle from a driver in Edmonton, Strathcona County RCMP spokesperson Sgt. John Spaans said.
He called the theft “a carjacking.”
“The Sherwood Park RCMP were on the look out for it and happened to see the vehicle drive into Sherwood Park, but that pursuit was lost,” Spaans said.
The suspect fled in the vehicle from police and the officers soon lost sight of it, Spaans said.
“The suspect vehicle was travelling at extremely high rates of speed and driving erratically in opposing lanes, over curbs.” – RCMP Sgt. John Spaans
Then around 1:15 a.m. MT, RCMP got a 911-call from someone nearby.
The suspect had allegedly robbed another person near a Petro Canada on Baseline Road in Sherwood Park.
“It was behind a series of businesses. RCMP found the vehicle again and initiated another pursuit,” Spaans said.
“The suspect vehicle was travelling at extremely high rates of speed and driving erratically in opposing lanes, over curbs.”
Eventually the suspect vehicle lost control in the area of Jim Common Drive and Charlotte Way and crashed into some trees.
“As the suspect vehicle went into the trees, an RCMP truck also struck a tree and was out of commission there,” the officer said.
The 27-year-old suspect was taken into custody after being apprehended by a police dog.
He was also taken to hospital for assessment but has since been transferred to police custody. Two RCMP officers were treated for minor injuries.
Charges are pending in the case, RCMP said, so the accused has not been named.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team will not be involved in the investigation, RCMP said.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.