Police have arrested four people, including a Conklin man, on outstanding warrants in the Lac La Biche area.
Alberta RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Ronald Bumbry said Damien Quintal, 35, of Conklin was arrested on an outstanding warrant from July for allegedly fleeing a police officer. He also faces charges of driving while unauthorized and uninsured.
Quintal was arrested at a home in the Lac La Biche area on Oct. 14. He is no longer in police custody and is scheduled to appear in an Edmonton courtroom on Nov. 16.
Police also arrested Lac La Biche residents Murray Laboucane and Gina Huppie, as well as Chad Gladue from Beaver Lake.
Laboucane was arrested on outstanding warrants issued in Edmonton and Redwater for driving an uninsured vehicle. He was also arrested at a home in the Lac La Biche area and will appear in Lac La Biche Provincial Court on
Gladue was arrested after officers noticed the truck he was driving had already been reported stolen. Gladue tried driving away from police, who used a device to deflate the truck’s tires. Gladue and Huppie, who was a passenger in the truck, ran away from police but were found with a police dog.
During a search of the vehicle, police say they found a sawed-off shotgun in the truck.
Gladue had outstanding warrants for 15 criminal offences and now faces an extra 13 charges following his arrest. They include fleeing from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, careless use of a firearm, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing stolen property worth more than $5,000 and four counts of failing to comply with a release order.
Huppie had outstanding warrants for 11 criminal offences and now faces nine new charges. The new charges include careless use of a firearm, obstructing a police officer, two counts of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon.
Gladue remains in police custody and Huppie has been released. Both will appear in Lac La Biche Provincial Court on Nov. 2.
“The collaboration with several units was a success,” says Sgt. Charles Brown of the Lac La Biche RCMP. “We will continue these types of initiatives to reduce crime in our communities and bring those who are wanted before the courts.”
Anyone with information about this incident or criminal activity in Wood Buffalo is asked to contact Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Tips to Crime Stoppers are always anonymous and can also be sent to tipsubmit.com.
Sarah Williscraft, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Fort McMurray Today