On March. 8, 2024, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP were conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 43 within County of Grande Prairie. RCMP attempted to stop a pickup truck, however the driver failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.

A pursuit was not initiated; however, the vehicle was located a short time later stuck in a snow bank. Upon investigation, the driver was deemed to be impaired.  As a result of the investigation, Matthew Michael Murphy (32), a resident of Grande Prairie, Alta., was charged with impaired driving provincially.

Additionally, Murphy was wanted out of Beaverlodge for a sexual assault and sexual inference on a minor from July. 19, 2023. Murphy was also wanted out of Beaverlodge for flight from police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle from April. 29, 2023.

Murphy was brought before a justice of the peace and released. He is to appear next on March. 25, 2024, at the Alberta Court of Justice in Grande Prairie.

Information provided by the Grande Prairie RCMP

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