Update: Man arrested after going over two spike belts, driving erratically

Driver facing numerous charges

  • Apr. 18, 2017 5:19 p.m.


Red Deer RCMP arrested a man in a stolen truck Monday afternoon after laying two tire deflation devices to stop the truck as it sped through the city attempting to avoid police.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on April 17th, Blackfalds RCMP received a report of an erratic driver on McKenzie Road in Gasoline Alley.

The truck was reported to be swerving through traffic and narrowly avoiding collisions with various vehicles. Red Deer RCMP located the truck as it entered the city and initiated a traffic stop, but the truck fled from police.

RCMP officers then set up a tire deflation device on 32nd St., which flattened three of the truck’s tires. The truck sped away from police again, and police officers laid a second tire deflation device as the truck approached 32nd St. and Gaetz Avenue, disabling the truck completely.

The driver then attempted to flee on foot, and was arrested nearby by RCMP.

Red Deer RCMP were in contact with Innisfail and Blackfalds RCMP throughout, preparing to intercept the truck if it attempted to leave the City again.

The truck, a grey Ford F250, had been reported stolen out of Sylvan Lake earlier the same morning.

Fortunately, no one was injured and no traffic collisions occurred during this series of close calls.

Nicholas Stephen Galbraith, 30, has been charged with possession of Schedule 1 substance (cocaine), possession of stolen property over $5,000, dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

– Fawcett