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Dangerous driver leads police on chase through west Grande Prairie

It took several sightings and a chase through a canola field for RCMP to catch a dangerous driver Saturday night. An officer on bike patrol first spotted their vehicle on 100th Avenue near Muskoseepi Park around 9 p.m., but when they tried to get the driver to pull over, they sped in the mountie’s direction. No one was hurt.

The vehicle was then found at a construction site in Grande Prairie, but as police tried to stop it, it drove off, damaging two security fences in the process. Constable Gabrielle Spencer says the suspect was then seen driving dangerously close to workers at the intersection of 100th Avenue and 116th Street, leading officers to chase it down Highway 43.

The pursuit led them through fields, where a police cruiser was hit and extensively damaged. A spike belt was used to stop the suspect’s vehicle, and Police Dog Services were able to catch the man running away.

30 year old Darren Sydorko of Grande Prairie is facing several charges, including impaired operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of assault with a weapon, assault of a police officer, and resisting arrest. He is in police custody with a court date set for July 31st.

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RCMP have thanked the public for their help in this investigation, which is still ongoing. No one was hurt in the incident.

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