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Red Deer RCMP investigate after police car rammed – Update – Arrest made

October 10, 2017 3:01 PM

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP have arrested a 31 year old man in relation to the September 22 incident in which a truck rammed a police car during an early morning traffic stop then fled the scene.

RCMP identified the suspect early in the investigation and obtained a warrant for his arrest. On October 7, RCMP located the suspect at a residence in the Fairview neighbourhood and arrested him without incident.

31 year old James Patrick Metzger was wanted on a number of other outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest, for obstructing police, dangerous operation of motor vehicle, fraud and failing to comply with conditions, for incidents between May and July in Red Deer and Blackfalds.

Metzger faces new charges of CC 270(1)(a) – Assault on peace officer and TSA 94(2) – Drive while unauthorized in relation to the events of September 22. He was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on October 10 at 9:30 am.

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Media contact:
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

BACKGROUND:

September 22, 2017

Red Deer RCMP investigate after police car rammed

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are investigating after a truck rammed a police car during an early morning traffic stop then fled the scene.

Shortly after 2 am on September 22, RCMP initiated a traffic stop on a truck on 40 Avenue north of Township Road 375 in Red Deer. The truck stopped initially, then reversed and rammed the police cruiser, turning it 180 degrees and pushing it toward a ditch. The collision resulted in the air bags deploying, causing minor injuries to the police officer; he was able to exit the cruiser while it was being pushed as there was a danger of the cruiser overturning when it struck the ditch. EMS attended and treated the police officer at the scene.

RCMP located the abandoned truck a short time later. Police Dog Services attended and tracked the male suspect for some time before losing the track.

RCMP continue to investigate and will issue an update when more information is available.

If you have information about this 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. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

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Media contact:
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

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