Two men facing property crime, dangerous driving charges

Lethbridge Police arrested two men after an incident Thursday night that resulted in significant damage to two police vehicles. 

On January 25, 2018 police observed a stolen Ford F-350 truck at the West Side Trailer Court along the 2700 block of Westside Drive. The truck matched the description of a vehicle that had previously been involved in a break, enter and theft in Coaldale. When police attempted to stop the truck, the suspects fled and rammed two LPS vehicles at a high rate of speed, causing significant damage. The truck continued to flee north on Westside Drive then proceeded west onto Highway 3 towards Coalhurst. In an effort to stop the truck, police deployed stop sticks along Highway 3 resulting in several of the truck’s tires being deflated. The truck continued to flee onto secondary Highway 519. Approximately 11 km south of Highway 3 the suspect vehicle stopped briefly, the passenger exited and was taken into custody. The driver continued southbound for approximately 500 meters until the truck became stuck in a ditch. The driver was subsequently taken into custody.  

The passenger is facing numerous charges and charges - from both Lethbridge and Coaldale - are pending against the driver. 

Winston Frederick Hegi, 27, of Lethbridge, is charged with:

Possession of Stolen Property over $5000 x2

Assault Police Officer With a Weapon

Possess Break In Instruments

Dangerous Driving

Possess Controlled Substance

Impaired Driving (Drug)

Flight From Police

Break and Enter and Commit theft under $5000

Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Disqualified