ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE – The RCMP have one male in custody following an early evening pursuit through the town, culminating in a crash on a private property.
On May 20 at 7:11 p.m., the RCMP received the first complaint of a possible impaired driver eastbound on Highway 11. The vehicle was seen to be driving very erratically. Patrols were made but the vehicle was not initially located. At 7:35 p.m. a second complaint was received about the same vehicle driving dangerously in town. The vehicle was seen driving on a walking path and in the skate park.
RCMP members located the suspect Jeep and made efforts to stop the vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated with the RCMP members driving with lights and sirens activated through town. The Jeep sped through town, then southbound on Highway 11. At Range Road 7-1 the Jeep rammed through a fence onto a farmer’s field. It drove across the field and ultimately drove over a steep embankment and crashed approximately 25-30 feet down. The driver took off from the Jeep into a wooded area.
Police Dog Services attended to assist, but the male exited the woods and was arrested prior to the deployment of PDS. The male was transported to the hospital for a medical assessment. He has since been released.
RCMP determined that the Jeep was stolen out of Stettler earlier. A search of the Jeep led members to seize a sawed-off shotgun, bear mace and a machete.
James Stewart Shewchuk (31) has been charged with six criminal charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from peace officer and possession of a weapon contrary to an order (x2). Shewchuk has been remanded in custody with a future court date.