Airdrie RCMP arrested a fleeing Lethbridge resident Balzac Jan. 31 for breaking numerous release conditions, including an order to remain in his residence for 24 hours a day.
A press release from Airdrie RCMP states an officer was patrolling in Balzac when he noticed a male standing by a truck at a local gas station. According to the release, the officer instantly recognized the male and knew he was on numerous release order conditions, including a stay-at-home order.
"The officer pulled up behind the truck and informed the driver that he was under arrest, at which time the male jumped into his vehicle and drove away at a high speed," the release stated. "He failed to stop for members and was driving dangerously, so officers disengaged."
A short time later, according to the release, the suspect was seen again near Township Road 252, after he had gotten his truck stuck in a field. He fled the scene but was apprehended with the assistance of Police Dog Services.
Lethbridge resident Brendan Kyle Latimer, 27, was charged with a total of 11 Criminal Code Offences, including flight from plice, resisting a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of property worth more than $5,000 obtained by crime. He also faces three counts of failing to comply with release order conditions and possession of firearm ammunition in a motor vehicle.
Latimer was remanded into custody and appeared in Airdrie Provincial court on Feb. 2, the release stated.
This was not Latimer's first run-in with Airdrie RCMP; In October 2020, he was charged with 15 offences, including possession of stolen property, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, three counts of trafficking a controlled substance, possession of break-in instruments and alter and defacing or removing a serial number on a firearm.