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Suspect runs into long arm of the law 0

MATT DYKSTRA, QMI Agency

A man fleeing police after being pulled over for tinted windows ran directly into the waiting arms of RCMP officers in Leduc, Alta., Saturday.

Mounties say an officer pulled over a Ford Fusion driving along Highway 2A around 4:30 p.m. for having tinted windows.

Before the officer could reach the car, however, the driver took off with the vehicle -- speeding towards the police station.

Opting not to pursue the suspect, the officer advised fellow Mounties of the vehicle before attempting to follow.

A short distance down the road, the officer found the Fusion had collided with a pickup truck.

The driver of the Fusion and another occupant fled the scene on foot, while the driver of the pickup was unharmed.

Cpl. Alex DaSilva, an officer with the Leduc RCMP's Integrated Traffic Unit, said he and two other officers were informed about the collision and immediately exited the rear of the RCMP detachment to provide assistance.

To the officers' surprise, the driver "literally ran right into our arms," he said.

He was arrested without incident.

"It's quite funny actually," laughed DaSilva.

"We should have just let him keep running and opened up the cell door and he would've gone right in,' he said. "He should have just stopped and allowed the member to deal with the impaired and driving over the limit (charges). Now he's facing dangerous driving and other charges."

Police have charged Allan Tyler Mykat, 26, of Hobbema, Alta., with flight from police, dangerous driving, fail to remain at the scene of a motor vehicle collision, impaired driving, driving over .08, obstructing police and driving without a valid operator's licence.

Mykat will appear via closed circuit television in Leduc court on June 6.

matthew.dykstra@sunmedia.ca

@SunMattDykstra


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