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Alberta RCMP made an arrest Wednesday after a police chase straight out of an 80s Canadian action flick involving snowmobiles, a helicopter and police dogs.

Mounties headed to a rural home near Vulcan, Alta., at around 5 a.m. Wednesday after a homeowner reported a snowmobile had been stolen.

The release added that the attending officer involved in the physical confrontation was not injured, and the dog was also safely returned to a family member of the suspect.

The snowmobile was spotted being towed on a trailer behind a truck headed for Highway 529. The truck was pulled over and the driver arrested shortly after 6 a.m.

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But the suspect fought back and took off in the truck, nearly running down the arresting officer, police said in a release. 

The Calgary Police Service HAWCS also attended, and located the stolen snowmobile in some trees approximately six kilometres away from the abandoned truck and trailer.

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RCMP from Vulcan, High River and Okotoks detachments followed the truck, until it got caught in a snow-covered field. 

An officer from the Vulcan detatchment pulled the driver over and arrested him, but the release said the man was able to get away after a physical confrontation.

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The driver hopped out of the truck, grabbed the stolen snowmobile and rode off on it — accompanied by his chocolate lab.

“A male had just entered the facility and, shortly after entering, another male started banging on the door. The male inside let him in and a conversation ensued, which involved some pretty strange questions,” he said. “He was asking the victim to empty his pockets, provide I.D. and this kind of thing. Eventually, it resulted in the victim being pushed and shoved. Shortly thereafter, the suspect fled the area. The suspect was unknown to the individual.”

Turner Valley RCMP were deployed on snowmobiles to follow the suspect.

A search of the home turned up 1,616 suspected fentanyl pills, 3.5 ounces of suspected fentanyl powder, seven grams of suspected carfentanil powder, 25 morphine pills and 9.5 ounces of methamphetamine. Police also seized $15,000 in Canadian currency, as well as what is believed to be $5,000 in counterfeit U.S. cash. An assault-style rifle and another firearm were also seized.

Calgary police sent out a HAWCS helicopter to assist, and spotted the snowmobile stuck in a stand of trees, about six kilometres away from the abandoned truck and trailer.

Ivo Musa, 31, of Calgary has been charged with 11 offences, including possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, possession of carfentanil for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, proceeds of crime over $5,000, various weapons offences and breaches of Court Orders.

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RCMP police dog services tracked down the suspect. They found he was suffering minor injuries after colliding with a tree while on the snowmobile. He was taken into hospital, and remains in police custody pending a bail hearing.

His pet was unhurt. Police returned it to one of the suspects family members.

“The searches conducted are part of a larger crime reduction strategy that focuses on identifying repeat offenders and conducting targeted, intelligence-led investigations,” he said. “This seizure of drugs, cash and firearms plays a part in making our communities safer.”

The abandoned truck and trailer were also found to be stolen: the truck was stolen from Okotoks, the trailer from Taber and the licence plate from Creston, B.C.

Police said the 34-year-old faces 18 charges from the incident but cannot be named as the charges have not yet been sworn.

The charges include assault of a police officer, flight from police and dangerous driving.

At 5:02 a.m. Wednesday morning, RCMP responded to a rural property where a homeowner reported a snowmobile stolen. It was seen being towed on a trailer, behind a truck heading towards Highway 529. An update was provided to the responding RCMP member, and the truck was located and pulled over shortly after 6 a.m.

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VULCAN, Alta. — RCMP in southern Alberta have arrested a suspected thief following a chase that included a helicopter, snowmobiles, a police dog team and the suspects Labrador retriever.

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Police said the 34-year-old suspect was taken to hospital for injuries he suffered when the snowmobile he was driving hit a tree.

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CALGARY — A proposed class-action lawsuit against the RCMP over the seizure of guns during the 2013 floods in southern Alberta has been abandoned due to lack of interest.

The lawsuit was initially launched in 2015 on behalf of High River, Alta., plaintiffs Jane and Donald White.

It argued the seizure was an unlawful and unnecessary invasion of peoples private lives and caused distress, humiliation and anguish.

It also alleged Mounties damaged homes and property, breached peoples charter rights and caused them emotional and psychological trauma.

Jane White said at the time they hid 11 rifles in their bedroom under a quilt to protect them from the rising floodwaters that forced 12,000 High River residents from their homes south of Calgary.

The RCMPs Civilian Review and Complaints Commission found the RCMP had legal authority to forcibly enter evacuated homes and seize loose firearms in plain view.

But it also said officers exceeded that authority by seizing some guns that were properly secured.

Calgary lawyer Clint Docken said after years of attempting to attract more plaintiffs, the case was abandoned.

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