RCMP in Alberta say man dead after crashing while driving on deflated tires

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — RCMP in Alberta say a driver of a stolen truck has died after he allegedly continued to drive with deflated tires as officers tried to stop him.

Mounties say police in Edmonton contacted them late Friday about a stolen vehicle that was leaving the city and entering the RCMP's Strathcona detachment area.

They say no police vehicles pursued the truck and that an Edmonton Police Service helicopter kept an eye on it as it "drove erratically and at high speeds" east on Highway 16.

RCMP say they used a tire deflation device on a range road east of Sherwood Park to stop the vehicle and "ensure safety of other motorists on the road" but the suspect continued to drive

Investigators say the truck eventually rolled three minutes later, ejecting the man from vehicle, and he did not survive.

Police say they're still investigating.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2023.

The Canadian Press