Barrhead RCMP have laid charges following an incident that closed a section of Highway 33 south of Swan Hills on October 22nd.
Barrhead RCMP responded to a suspicious male complaint on a rural property. The suspect vehicle, a motorhome, was located near Fort Assiniboine but failed to stop for police.
A Swan Hills RCMP member deployed a tire deflation device, causing the motorhome to go into the ditch and become stuck south of Swan Hills. The suspect male was then observed brandishing a firearm in the vehicle.
Due to public safety concerns, Highway 33 was blocked off while police tried to contain the suspect with help from Whitecourt and Westlock RCMP, and the Emergency Response Team.
The suspect was eventually taken into custody with no issues. The motorhome was determined to have been stolen out of Vegreville on October 21st, while the license plate on it was stolen in Edmonton.
54-year-old Bradley Stephen Kazmiryk of Edmonton faces 12 Criminal Code charges, including arson, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, pointing a firearm and flight from a peace officer. At the time of this incident, Kazmiryk was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Edmonton Police Service’s jurisdiction.
Kazmiryk was subject to a Judicial Interim Release hearing and he has been remanded to attend court in Morinville on October 24th, via CCTV.