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Police arrest man after RCMP cruiser stolen from impaired-driving checkstop



Police arrested a man late Tuesday evening after a Cochrane RCMP cruiser was stolen at an impaired-driving checkstop Saturday night.

Lorenzo Anthony Bearspaw, a 25-year-old member of the Stoney First Nation, was arrested without incident in Calgary on Tuesday night. As of 10 p.m., the detachment was working to recover the car, which they believed to be in the area of the reserve.

Police said they were running a checkstop Saturday along Horseshoe Drive, north of the Stoney Casino, when they took a man into custody and placed him in the back of a police cruiser.

Shortly after, they noticed the car moving.

“Officers on scene, who were also dealing with several individuals and damaged vehicles at the time, subsequently observed the police vehicle departing the area,” read a terse release earlier Tuesday.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Bearspaw on three charges: theft of a motor vehicle, impaired operation of a motor vehicle and escaping lawful custody.

Police said the cruiser did not contain any police service weapons at the time of the incident.

Before Bearspaw was arrested in Calgary, police searched the Stoney First Nations reserve from the ground and air.

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Stealing a RCMP police cruiser, talk about an inconspicuous ride.