Grande Prairie man allegedly caught drinking outside liquor store arrested after police chase

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — A Grande Prairie man is facing a number of charges after he was allegedly caught drinking outside a liquor store before leading police on a chase across the Swan City.

At around 4:30 p.m. on March 17th, members of the Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a complaint of a man consuming alcohol inside a vehicle parked outside a liquor store near 100 Avenue. Upon arrival, officers attempted to arrest the man, who became violent and managed to drive off. Officers did not give chase.

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Police say the driver was involved in a collision with a truck near Kateri Drive, but continued to drive erratically through the city. A short time later, police again located the vehicle in a parking lot on the city’s south side. The driver again refused to stop, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a police car.

Officers pursued the vehicle eastbound on 84th Avenue before it continued southbound on Resources Road, then headed westbound on 68 Avenue. A spike belt was deployed but failed to slow the vehicle. The pursuit continued to the Bear Creek Ball Diamonds where the vehicle lost control and slid into a snowbank.

The suspect climbed out of the vehicle’s sunroof and aggressively confronted police. A brief altercation ensued and the suspect was taken into custody. No one was injured during the chase across the city.

47 year-old Grande Prairie resident Steven Williams has been charged with 16 Criminal Code offences, including:

  • Obstruct Police Officer x5
  • Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle over 80 mg %
  • Assault on Police Officer
  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Operation of a Motor Vehicle while being pursued by Police
  • Failure to stop or remain
  • Possession of Scheduled Substance x2
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose x3

Williams is scheduled to appear in court later today.

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