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Grande Prairie man charged after high-speed chase

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A Grande Prairie man is facing several charges following a high-speed chase through Fort Saskatchewan, Sturgeon County, and Strathcona County. It’s alleged they first came into contact with police around 2:15 p.m. on August 2nd when they were spotted driving a pickup truck without a rear licence plate.

Fort Saskatchewan RCMP says it tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver sped off. They were then seen going into a rural property where the pickup was ditched and a small car was reportedly stolen.

It’s then alleged that the suspect intentionally swerved towards two mounties who were on foot trying to arrest him, just narrowly missing them while speeding. Officers were able to track the driver and watched him lose control and end up in the ditch. The man ran away but was found and arrested in a field.

38-year-old Michael Robert Linton is facing charges of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, theft of a motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer, and two counts of assaulting a police officer with a weapon, among many other offences. He remains in custody.

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