RCMP are not saying exactly what was on the rear bumper of a truck that was driving around Olds on Jan. 14. Wyatt Wyatt Sawchuk, 20, of Olds has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle in connection with the incident.
“It's not something that we're going to release because it doesn't form part of the charge.” RCMP SPOKESPERSON CPL. SHARON FRANKS when asked if the thing attached to the rear bumper of the truck was a cat
A 20-year-old Olds man has been arrested and charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle in connection with a Jan. 14 incident in which a truck drove around town with what looked like a small animal hanging from the rear bumper.
Some witnesses believed that small animal was a cat, but RCMP would not confirm that.
“It's not something that we're going to release because it doesn't form part of the charge,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Sharon Franks said Tuesday.
She stressed that “no animal abuse took place,” a point RCMP made in bold type in a news release on the matter.
Wyatt Sawchuk has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle in connection with the incident.
He is scheduled to appear Feb. 8 in Didsbury provincial court on that charge.
Meanwhile, Sawchuk has been released from custody pending that court appearance.
Police did not say how Sawchuk was driving in what is alleged to have been a dangerous way.
“I'm not exactly sure what it was that he was doing, and I guess it would be a matter for the court to decide whether that should be something in the public realm, but he hasn't been convicted of anything,” Franks said.
“Originally, that was what the original call came in as – something being operated in a dangerous manner,” she added. “I guess they were able to determine and gather some sort of evidence for that fashion and subsequently he's been charged with that.”
RCMP say witnesses helped them apprehend the suspect.
The matter was discussed on social media.
“I take it from speaking with the detachment commander that it was really the assistance of the public that assisted us in terms of solving this and finding the driver of the vehicle,” Franks said.
The news release makes that point too.
“Olds RCMP would like to thank the public and those who came forward with crucial information that led to the arrest and subsequent charge in this matter,” it says.
With Canada Day just 10 days away, Innisfailís Adele Beaudoin has given the nation her heart.
NOTE: To post a comment in the commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile". The Olds Albertan welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to delete comments deemed inappropriate. We reserve the right to close the comments thread for stories that are deemed especially sensitive. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher.
Is Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills MLA Nathan Cooper right when he says most constituency residents don't care about the problems his party has been having with Derek Fildebrandt and their post comparing the carbon tax to the Holodomor?