A stolen vehicle, assaults, three people in hospital and a fleeing fugitive are all part of a bizarre road rage incident outside of Fort McMurray last week that resulted in at least 40 charges.
Charges laid against the accused include aggravated assault, theft over $5,000, assault on a police officer with a weapon and resisting arrest.
Five people in a stolen Ford F-150 pickup were arrested Jan. 31 by Wood Buffalo RCMP on the winter road beside the Snye River. One of the accused fled but was later chased down by a canine unit. The individuals involved had been in a previous incident, and two were seriously injured.
Another vehicle – believed to have been rammed several times by the stolen Ford – was involved. A 33 year-old man was taken to hospital with head wounds caused by a blunt object, and wounds that appeared to have been made by an edged weapon. Two of those arrested were also sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“The altercation with the other vehicle is still under investigation. We now know that this was not a random event, and that parties involved knew each other,” said Const. Christina Wilkes, a media relations officer with the RCMP.
As a result of the investigation, 37 year-old Thomas MacDonald, 34 year-old Jarvis Eastman, 23 year-old Rolanda McKay, 27 year-old Lori-Anne Nixon and 39 year-old Angela Tuccaro, all from the Wood Buffalo Region, have been charged.
“Drugs and/or alcohol may have played a deciding factor in this altercation, we are still investigating the situation,” Wilkes said.
More charges may be laid, as the investigation is ongoing.