UPDATE: Coaldale RCMP Charge Lethbridge Man in Recent Crime Spree

RCMP photo of suspect in a stolen truck near Coaldale Monday.

32 year old Darrin Bressellar is facing a slough of charges including possession of stolen property, running from police, mischief, and unauthorized driving.

Coaldale RCMP have now formally charged a Lethbridge man following a series of events earlier in the week.

Early Monday morning, officers were called to a farmer's yard off the Jail Road and found a man sleeping behind the wheel. When he woke up, the suspect rammed a police vehicle and took off.  He was arrested later that day after another incident near Stafford Lake.

32 year old Darrin Bressellar is facing a slough of charges including possession of stolen property, running from police, mischief, and unauthorized driving.

He is set to appear in court in Lethbridge Thursday (Jan. 17).


Throughout the day Monday, thanks to overwhelming public tips from the earlier media release and information sharing from members of the Lethbridge Police Service, the identity of the suspect was learned. The white Dodge Ram 1500 truck was located abandoned this morning a short distance from the initial crime scene. A second truck, a black 1993 Chevrolet was reported stolen a short distance away from the abandoned white Dodge truck.

This afternoon at around 4:20 p.m. the stolen black 1993 Chevrolet truck was reported in the Tempest area east of Coaldale as a suspicious vehicle. Members from the Taber, Picture Butte and Coaldale RCMP Detachments along with a K-9 unit from the Lethbridge Police Service converged to the area.  The driver and lone occupant, a 32 year old man from the Lethbridge area, was followed from the Tempest/Chin area to the east side of Stafford Lake. This is where he ditched the stolen truck and ran on foot across the sort of ice covered Stafford Lake to the west side. Once on the west side the suspect tried to enter a few vehicles before being lost in the residential area. A home owner alerted RCMP members out front of his residence stating his garage alarm was just activated. The man door was tried and noted barricaded from the inside.

RCMP members entered the garage using the garage door opener and searched the double car garage. The well hidden suspect was found trying to conceal himself above the garage door on a storage platform used to store light weight bulky items. The suspect was arrested without incident ending a long crime spree.

Charges are still pending so the name of the suspect will not be released at this time. The suspect will be facing nine criminal charges including break and enter, possession of stolen property, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, resist arrest and a number of provincial traffic offences including driving while suspended.

This is an obvious example of the valued assistance of the general public, local media and other police agencies coming together to identify, locate and safely effect an arrest of a suspect responsible for a number of rural crimes.


Mounties are looking for the person responsible for ramming an RCMP vehicle near Coaldale Monday morning (Jan. 14).  

Coaldale RCMP received a complaint of a man passed out in the drivers seat of a white Dodge Ram pick-up around 5:30 am. The truck was parked in a farmers yard located along Highway 512 within Lethbridge County.

RCMP have received numerous complaints of a similar type truck which was stolen previously from the Picture Butte area. Complaints have also been received from the public regarding a white Dodge Ram truck attending several rural locations possibly stealing fuel.  

Two Coaldale RCMP members went to the location. The first to arrive positioned his police vehicle directly in front of the white suspect truck in a attempt to block it in. As the police member approached the drivers door of the white truck on foot, the unknown man behind the wheel woke up. He then began to drive forward pushing the police vehicle backwards and out of the way. The police member was not injured. The white truck then fled the area and was located abandoned a few hours later in a rural area. It was confirmed at that time the truck was stolen. The RCMP vehicle sustained damages to the front grill and fender area. It was still operational after the collision. 

The public is being asked to assist with the identification of the driver based on the photo with this story. 

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