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Edson RCMP lay charges after Officer dragged by vehicle during arrest

RCMP in Edson have arrested one man after an Edson RCMP Detachment. “Crime reduction is of Okrainetz has been denied bail and is set to
officer was dragged while attempting to effect an the upmost importance to us as we work with our appear next in Edson Provincial Court on February
arrest of the wanted driver of the motor vehicle. law enforcement and government partners to 20th, 2018.
On Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at decrease crime.”
approximately 2:00 p.m. Edson RCMP received a
complaint of a suspicious person and vehicle near
55th Street and 6th Avenue in Edson, Alberta.
Police were in the area and observed a vehicle
matching the description leaving the scene, which
was followed to a nearby gas station. At the gas
station, a male police officer approached the
vehicle and attempted to arrest the driver who was
known to be on warrants. During the arrest, it is
alleged the vehicle was put in to reverse and the
officer was dragged until the vehicle collided with
a civilian vehicle at which time the officer freed
The vehicle then fled from the gas station, but
Police were able to track it as it drove northbound
on 56th Street. At this time a police vehicle blocked
an intersection in an attempt to contain the suspect,
when it is believed the driver purposefully
accelerated and struck the occupied police vehicle.
The collision stopped the flight of the suspect
The male driver was taken in to custody without
further incident. He was wanted on eight
outstanding warrants and is now being held in Edson RCMP arrest man after officer dragged by a vehicle while fleeing from Police on February 7.
custody awaiting a bail hearing. A female passenger
was also taken in to custody but was subsequently
released without charge.
The police officer who was dragged was taken to
hospital, assessed and released with minor injuries.
Edson RCMP are continuing to investigate this
occurrence and are requesting anyone who
witnessed this incident, and has not yet spoken to
an investigator, to contact Edson RCMP at (780)
Devin Okrainetz (41) of Edson, Alberta has been
charged with assault on a police officer with a
weapon x2, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace
officer, flight from police, failing to remain at the
scene of an accident and failing to abide by release
conditions. At the time he was wanted on eight
outstanding warrants out of Edson and Hinton,
Alberta for offences including break and enter to
commit assault, possession of property obtained by
crime over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000.
“We are continuing our work to apprehend
individuals wanted on warrant and take them off
our streets,” states Sgt. Jason Pennoyer of the RCMP believe the driver purposefully accelerated and struck the occupied police vehicle.

Edson RCMP remind motorists to

drive 'consistent with road conditions’

by Dana McArthur end of the day we want to ensure that everyone everywhere by contacting 5-1-1 or visiting
makes it home safely." on your mobile phone or
With the recent significant snowfalls in the area The RCMP remind motorists to: Drive to home computer) for up to date road conditions
causing reduced visibility and slippery current road and weather conditions. Turn and reports. Alberta 511 is a comprehensive
conditions on area highways, the Edson RCMP vehicle head lights on regardless of time of day. traveller information service operated by the
are advising the public to drive with caution and Allow plenty of time for travel. Dress for the Alberta Government which will have the most
avoid unnecessary travel in poor conditions. weather. Clear your vehicle of snow and ice. Top current information available. Motorists wishing
"The Edson RCMP would like to take a up washer fluid and fuel up your vehicle before to request highway maintenance or to report a
moment and remind motorists about winter departing. Have an emergency roadside kit with highway problem should contact Ledcor at 1-
driving safety and encourage all drivers to emergency blankets and a cell phone in case of 866-4LEDCOR (453-3267) or Tweet
operate their vehicles in a manner consistent with an accident. @LEDCORHWYS.
the road conditions," states Cst. Alex Ayres of the "We all have a role to play in keeping our roads Should you wish to report a serious motor
Edson RCMP Detachment. safe. Being prepared will help to ensure the vehicle collision, please call 911. All other motor
"Having the necessary equipment to tackle safety of everyone on our roadways," states the vehicle collisions requiring police attendance can
winter road conditions, such as winter tires, will RCMP. be reported to Edson RCMP at (780) 723-8822.
afford you better traction and safety, but is not an Passing another vehicle in whiteout conditions Recent Reported Collisions: January 31 (3
excuse for not being cautious. Many winter can pose serious safety threats. When asked collisions including 1 serious injury collision);
collisions can be prevented by slowing down, about passing a vehicle in these conditions, Cst. February 1 (5 collisions). February 2 (3
paying heed to the road conditions, and leaving Ayres states, "It would of course depend on the collisions); February 3 (0). *Statistics may not
more space between your vehicle and those circumstances, but one charge I would consider reflect minor collisions that were not
around you," says Cst. Alex Ayres. would be S. 23(c) of the Use of Highway and immediately reported to Police.
"Maximum speed limits are exactly that, Rules of the Road Regulations, overtaking, "Overall, the Alberta RCMP Traffic Services'
maximums set for ideal road conditions. An passing or attempting to overtake or pass when goal is to keep Albertans safe on roads and
offence of driving at an unreasonable rate of unsafe, which has a $233 fine." highways across the province. We encourage all
speed could be considered when speeds exceed To plan ahead, motorists are encouraged to use motorists to adopt safe driving behaviours that
what is safe based on the totality of the the Alberta 511 service (available free reduce the risk of collisions. "
circumstances," states Cst. Alex Ayres. "At the
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