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Suspect faces 11 charges after chase in Olds area

Checkstop evader nearly hits police vehicle
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RCMP from Olds, Didsbury, Sundre and Cochrane, along with a police helicopter, all helped try to track and stop a vehicle that evaded a checkstop near Olds. File photo/MVP Staff

Editor's note: This article has been updated throughout with corrected information from the RCMP.

OLDS — A Calgary woman is due in court on Aug. 6, facing 11 charges after fleeing RCMP at a checkstop near Olds.

Hannah Grace-Marie Davidson, 19, was finally arrested after the vehicle she was driving, alleged to have been stolen, ended stuck on a barbed wire fence northwest of Olds in the Hainstock area of Mountain View County.

It turns out Davidson was one of three people arrested by police after another flight from police that occurred in June 2019 that ended in roughly the same area.

This year’s incident began at about 12 a.m. Aug. 4 as Olds RCMP were conducting a checkstop on Highway 27 just outside Olds.

As it came toward the checkstop, a white Ford Expedition abruptly veered into the ditch, nearly striking an Olds RCMP officer and almost hitting a police vehicle.

It then backed up and took off, despite demands from police to stop.

It fled south on Highway 2A after running a red light at the intersection of highways 27 and 2A and sped down several rural roads trying to evade police.

RCMP from Didsbury, Sundre and Cochrane, along with a police helicopter all helped try to track and stop the vehicle.

Finally, RCMP officers were able to successfully deploy a tire deflation device in an effort to stop the suspect vehicle on Rge. Rd. 24 near Twp Rd. 322.

The suspect still tried to drive, despite the deflated tires. As she tried to avoid another RCMP officer, the vehicle hit the ditch.

It drove through a farmer’s fence before getting hung up on another farmer’s barbed wire fence.

At that point, Davidson fled the vehicle but was quickly arrested by RCMP.

Police allege the Expedition and the licence plate on it were stolen out of Calgary.

They say they also found .60 grams of what they suspect is fentanyl after they arrested her.

Davidson was transported to the Olds RCMP detachment and charged with the following offences:

• dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

• flight from police

• possession of property over $5,000 obtained by crime (the Ford Expedition)

• possession of property under $5,000 obtained by crime (the licence plate)

• mischief/damage to property under $5,000

• possession of a controlled substance

• operation of a motor vehicle while impaired

• failure or refusal to comply with a demand to provide a breath sample

• driving an uninsured motor vehicle on a highway

• improper use of a liicence plate

• failure to comply with condition of a release order

Davidson was brought before a justice of the peace on Aug. 4 but did not speak to bail.

She is currently remanded into custody to appear before the courts on Aug. 6.

“Public safety is paramount to the RCMP and was taken into consideration when apprehending Davidson,” an RCMP news release says.

“A pursuit was never initiated during this incident. Conditions were favourable for a successful investigation and a safe arrest of Davidson.”