RCMP in Red Deer are hunting for a suspect who rammed a police car while driving a stolen truck early Monday morning.
The cruiser suffered severe damage to the front end, while the officer driving it had to be treated in hospital for minor injuries.
“The driver of this truck showed blatant disregard for life, both for the safety of the public as he crashed through a park area and drove erratically at high speeds on city streets, and for the life of the police officer he intentionally collided with,” said Staff Sgt. Jeff McBeth of the Red Deer RCMP.
“This incident highlights why RCMP strongly encourage the public not to engage with criminals. Every day, police officers deal with criminals making dangerous choices trying to avoid arrest, and we’re lucky, today, that our member wasn’t seriously injured.”
The driver of the truck is described as a skinny Caucasian male, early to mid-30s, with some facial hair, wearing a black hat and a black hoodie.
RCMP recovered the white 2006 Ford F350 truck abandoned in a parking lot later Monday morning.
This is the second incident of damage to a Red Deer police car by a thief in a stolen vehicle attempting to evade arrest in four days.
If you have information about either investigation, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.