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Fort Macleod RCMP use spike belt to stop car and end pursuit

The Honda Civic's tires were destroyed by the spike belt.

The Honda Civic’s tires were destroyed by the spike belt.

An RCMP pursuit ended Monday when Fort Macleod RCMP deployed a spike belt on Highway 3.

An RCMP pursuit ended Monday when Fort Macleod RCMP deployed a spike belt on Highway 3.

Fort Macleod RCMP used a spike belt Monday on Highway 3 to stop a car that earlier rammed a police car in Coaldale and was shot at by police.
Three people in the car were arrested about 12 noon Monday at Range Road 255 just east of Fort Macleod.
An 18-year-old Calgary man will be in Lethbridge provincial court Wednesday, Feb. 24 charged with dangerous driving and other criminal and traffic offences.
The drama started Monday morning when a member of the RCMP Lethbridge integrated traffic unit saw the driver of a silver Honda Civic commit a traffic offence.
The police officer initiated a traffic stop but the driver of the Honda Civic did not obey.
The driver turned off Highway 3 and drove into the yard of a construction company in Lethbridge.
The police officer realized the entrance was the only point of access to the yard and stopped his vehicle at the entrance.
According to police, the Honda Civic drove around the yard before driving into the passenger side of the police vehicle with sufficient force to move it sideways, jarring the police officer, who then left his vehicle.
During this attack the police officer discharged his firearm at the Honda Civic, which left the yard and drove back to Highway 3.
Police initiated a pursuit of the Honda Civic which ended when Fort Macleod RCMP deployed a spike belt at Range Road 255 on Highway 3.
The spike belt flattened the tires of the Honda Civic, which stopped soon after on the south shoulder of the highway.
The three occupants of the Honda Civic were arrested. No one was injured.
Lekendric Smith, 18, of Calgary, was charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for a police officer, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and two counts of failing to comply with conditions.
Smith, who remains in custody, is also charged with operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving an unregistered vehicle.
The other two people in the Honda Civic were not charged.

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