Court Briefs: Accused drunk driver in court

A man facing numerous charges after an incident on an area highway last month has made his second court appearance

A man facing numerous charges after an incident on an area highway last month has made his second court appearance in Red Deer provincial court.

William Joel Cameron of Red Deer is facing seven charges including impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and failure to stop and assist an injured person and possession of stolen property.

Cameron, who remains in custody, and appeared via closed circuit television, had his case held over as he is currently waiting for a lawyer to be appointed to him through legal aid.

At 10 p.m. on Sept. 23rd, a Blackfalds RCMP officer on patrol observed a speeding vehicle driving in the northbound lanes of the QEII Hwy.

Upon witnessing the vehicle nearly sideswipe another northbound vehicle the officer activated his emergency lights in an attempt to pull the vehicle over. It did not stop and proceeded at high speeds into Lacombe.

There, the RCMP officer lost sight of the vehicle which went on to hit a pedestrian.

Officers from the Lacombe Police Service attended to assist the 22-year-old woman who was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton with serious injuries.

The vehicle did not stop after it hit the woman.

The RCMP officer continued his efforts to locate the vehicle and did so when it came to a stop on Lakeside Sargent Road in the rural outskirts of Lacombe. The adult male driver of the vehicle and two male young persons were taken into and remain in RCMP custody.

The victim has been identified as Leah Cobetto of Lacombe.

Cameron is set to make his next court appearance on Oct. 14th.