Calgary, AB,

Charges laid in car theft and dangerous driving incident

The Calgary Police Service has laid charges in relation to a vehicle theft and dangerous driving incident that occurred yesterday afternoon.

Just after 12:20 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, police were called to the 5500 block of Deerpoint Gardens S.E., for a complaint of three men taking parts off a vehicle. When officers arrived, the men on scene fled and one drove a vehicle through a fence to get on to Bow Bottom Trail.

It is believed the individual later abandoned the vehicle and asked nearby residents to call him a taxi. The residents contacted police and when officers attempted to pull over the taxi in the Lake Sylvan Drive S.E. area, the taxi driver got out and the individual drove away. Police observed the taxi by helicopter until it entered Forest Lawn and collided with another vehicle, at which point the individual was arrested.

Before the arrest, the stolen taxi was observed driving up to 150 km per hour, driving over curbs and sidewalks, and colliding with several other vehicles.

Raymond Edward BENNETT, 23, has been charged with two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle theft, driving without insurance, and hit and run causing property damage. The incident is still under investigation and further changes may be laid once it is complete. It is unknown when BENNETT will next appear in court.