Airdrie RCMP pursued and stopped a semi truck that was believed to have been stolen in Red Deer and used to smash into parked vehicles. RCMP say a stolen semi was being driven dangerously southbound on Highway 2, refusing to stop for police. RCMP deployed several spike belts in the Red Deer area, which was effective in damaging the tires, but the truck continued on. Police say the truck turned off onto Highway 2A through Crossfield, before continuing into Airdrie. “The semi’s front tire was completely destroyed, yet the vehicle continued to move,” RCMP stated in a news release. The RCMP Emergency Response Team, as well as the Calgary Police Service HAWCS helicopter and TAC team were deployed to assist, and the team stopped the semi on 40th Avenue in Airdrie. Const. Dan Martin, media relations officer with the Airdrie RCMP, said that while dealing with stolen vehicles is common, dealing with stolen semi trucks is not. “Stolen semi’s are quite rare and sometimes quite hard to deal with due to the power and the size of them,” said Martin. “They’re a huge risk to the public on the roads, whether it’s running people over or smashing other vehicles.” One male occupant was arrested by Airdrie RCMP and charges are pending.

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