Driver arrested after being caught driving more than double the speed limit
Published Friday, July 12, 2013 2:23PM MDT Last Updated Friday, July 12, 2013 3:50PM MDT
Edmonton police collaborated with Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police to arrest four people involved in an alleged extortion scheme.
Edmonton police said charges are pending against a man, after he was caught driving at excessive speeds early Friday morning.
Police said an officer saw a black 2014 Chevrolet Malibu travelling at 254 kilometres per hour on Anthony Henday Drive Friday.
Officers began pursuing the vehicle, which continued to flee – police called in Air 1who tracked down the vehicle.
The car in question crashed in the area of Range Road 261 and Township Road 514.
The woman who was a passenger in the vehicle suffered minor injuries, and was arrested at the scene.
The driver fled on foot, and police with the help of Air 1 and Canine units tracked him through the river valley towards the Terwillegar area for several hours – police said he was last seen in the Upper Windermere area.
“There is no question that this driver endangered lives,” Staff Sergeant Curtis Schriever said in a press release. “He showed a complete disregard for the safety of the people travelling on the same road as him.
“I cannot imagine what this individual was thinking travelling at such a dangerous rate of speed.”
The driver was arrested in the area of Quadrant Avenue and 215 Street Friday afternoon.
The passenger, identified by police as Tannis Atkinson, 19, is facing a charge of possession of drugs and possession of stolen property – police said Atkinson had crystal methamphetamine in her possession.
It’s believed the vehicle was stolen.
Police said the 27-year-old male driver was in custody, and charges were pending.