Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 25-year-old man following an incident Tuesday afternoon where a vehicle was driven toward police conducting a traffic training exercise.
On July 29, 2014 at approximately 3:45 p.m. an officer was conducting radar training with two recruits and a member of the Taber Police Service in the area of South Parkside Drive and Great Lakes Road. A white Jeep Wrangler was recorded exceeding the speed limit and a police recruit subsequently directed the driver to pull over. A second officer was in the roadway and gave further direction for the driver to pull over, but instead the vehicle accelerated toward the officer forcing him out of the away to avoid being struck. The vehicle then fled the area.
The Taber Police officer participating in the training exercise subsequently entered his vehicle and pursued the subject. The pursuit was terminated a short time later. The driver of the vehicle was later located and arrested by members of the Priority Crimes Unit who determined the Jeep Wrangler and its license plate had both been stolen. During a subsequent search police also recovered small quantities of oxycodone and marihuana, a stolen credit card and stolen camera equipment.
Kyle Wade Kohlman, 25, of Lethbridge, is charged with assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, dangerous driving, flight from a peace officer, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, four counts of possession of stolen property and three counts of make/possess identity documents. Kohlman was remanded to appear in court Aug. 5.