WESTLOCK – RCMP have charged two people after two police vehicles were rammed in a McDonald’s drive-thru in Westlock on June 14. Police also seized a firearm, ammunition, controlled drugs, and break-in instruments.
According to Cpl. Laurel Scott, RCMP media relations, Just after midnight, an RCMP member determined that a truck in the drive-thru was reported stolen out of Athabasca. A second RCMP member responded to assist. But once the RCMP officers made contact with the driver of the truck by activating police emergency equipment, the driver responded by ramming both the police car in front of him and the police car behind him. The truck rammed the police vehicles several times until the truck came up onto the hood of one of the police vehicles.
RCMP arrested Hope Elizabeth Nixon, 24, of Spruce Grove and Damian Devon Thomas, 24, of Whitecourt.
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Nixon was charged criminally with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and failing to comply with the condition of an undertaking/recognizance. She is also facing three drug charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of possession of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.
Thomas was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer with a weapon, two counts of assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of resist/obstruct a police officer, possession of a break-in instrument, two counts of mischief over $5,000, two counts of mischief under $5,000, failing to comply with conditions of an undertaking/recognizance, driving a vehicle while prohibited, two counts of possession of a weapon contrary to an order, and four counts of possession of Controlled Drugs and Substances.
In addition, an arrest warrant out of Stony Plain for charges of assault with a weapon was executed on Thomas.
Judicial interim release hearings have been held. Thomas remains in custody and Nixon was released on cash bail. Both are scheduled to appear in court in Westlock on June 26.
RCMP were able to secure the truck and execute a high-risk takedown on the pair. No one was injured during this incident. No other vehicles other than the two police vehicles were involved or damaged.