Five arrested after police pursuit by ERT, Air Services

Pictou County District RCMP has arrested five people following a vehicle theft and flight from police in Pictou County.

On March 9, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Pictou County District RCMP was advised by Westville Police of a stolen Toyota Camry fleeing the town of Westville. RCMP officers learned that one of the occupants of the vehicle may be a man wanted by the New Glasgow Regional Police for Attempt to Commit Murder.

At approximately 10:10 a.m., RCMP officers located the Camry, which appeared to be travelling with a Subaru Forester; the Subaru Forrester was also reported stolen. Officers, attempted to complete a traffic stop on the vehicles, but the drivers refused to stop.

Officers continued to observe the vehicles and saw both stop abruptly in the distance. The occupants of the Camry boarded the Subaru then continued to flee. In the interest of public safety, a pursuit was not initiated.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., RCMP officers, with assistance from RCMP Air Services, the RCMP Emergency Response Team and RCMP Police Dog Services, located the Subaru parked at a residence on Sergeant Ln., in River John. Shortly after, the suspects attempted to flee in the Subaru.

One of the responding RCMP officers struck the Subaru with their police vehicle when the Subaru exited the driveway.  The Subaru came to rest in the ditch; the three occupants were safely arrested at the scene.

One of the three suspects in the vehicle suffered minor injuries and was transported to hospital by EHS.

RCMP officers then executed a search warrant at the residence on Sergeant Ln.

A 31-year-old Pictou County woman, who had an outstanding arrest warrant, was arrested at the home, and later remanded into custody. She will appear in Pictou Provincial Court today.

A 44-year-old River John man, who had an outstanding arrest warrant, was also arrested at the home, and was held in custody and later released by the court on conditions.

The three travelling in the Subaru, Jessica Anna May Richards, 27, and Brandon Joseph Ward, 28, both from New Glasgow, and Stanley Brian Knowles, 48, from Hants County, have been charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime (two counts each) and Flight from a Peace Officer (two counts each).

The three were remanded into custody and later turned over to the New Glasgow Regional Police in relation to their ongoing investigation.


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