Charges laid after incident involving stolen vehicle
One man is facing 25 charges following an incident involving a stolen vehicle that began in Calgary on Saturday, July 2, 2022.
At approximately 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 2, 2022, police were called for a report of a single vehicle collision in the 100 block of Bermuda Drive N.W. While rendering assistance at the collision, a CFD firefighter was dragged by the vehicle as the driver and vehicle fled the scene. The firefighter was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The suspect was subsequently taken into custody with the assistance of HAWCS and officers from the RCMP, near Highway 24 and Township Road 221.
Prior to being taken into custody, the suspect is alleged to have rammed the vehicle of a Peace Officer who attempted to conduct a traffic stop outside of Calgary. The Peace Officer received minor injuries as a result. While fleeing, the suspect also caused damage to an Esso Gas Station located in Strathmore, Alta., and a railway crossing barrier, as well as attempted to ram several other police vehicles.
Jakub Matthew KORNACKI, 35, of Calgary, has since been charged with three counts each of assaulting a police officer with a weapon and assault with a weapon, two counts of mischief to property under $5,000, and one count each of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving, flight from peace officer, cruelty to animals, possession of identity documents, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property over $5,000. KORNACKI was also charged with 10 counts of breaching a release order. He will next appear in court on Monday, July 18, 2022.
One man in custody following stolen vehicle incident
We have taken one man into custody after a Calgary Fire Department member was injured by a fleeing stolen vehicle earlier this afternoon.
At approximately 12:30 p.m., today, Saturday, July 2, 2022, police were called for a report of a single vehicle collision in the 100 block of Bermuda Drive N.W. While rendering assistance at the collision, a CFD firefighter was dragged by the vehicle as the driver and vehicle fled the scene. The firefighter was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Due to the high-risk nature of the suspect’s driving, the Service deployed HAWCS to locate and monitor the vehicle from a safe distance. After locating the vehicle, officers safely took the suspect into custody. Investigators have also confirmed the vehicle was stolen.
“In incidents like these, our priority is always to ensure public safety first,” says Duty Inspector Jeff Pennoyer of the CPS Real Time Operations Centre. “The driver demonstrated little regard for the safety of both the public and our fellow first responders, and as such, we dedicated resources from across the Service to safely resolve this incident.”
The investigation remains ongoing and charges against the driver are pending.