MEDICINE HAT, AB — The man charged in connection with a pair of motor vehicle collisions that left an 18-year-old girl dead has a criminal past, including a previous charge in Medicine Hat.
Cody David Michell, 25, was arrested near the scene of a collision Monday afternoon at 12th Street and Parkview Drive NE and is facing several charges.
Inspector Joe West told CHAT News on Tuesday that police were “familiar” with Michell.
According to court documents, Michell pleaded guilty to an assault charge in Medicine Hat on August 21. He received a $100 fine and one day in jail.
Michell also has a criminal history in Camrose. In June, he pleaded guilty to a charge of shoplifting under $5,000, receiving a $600 fine and a $180 surcharge. On August 16, he pleaded guilty to charges of breach of recognizance and causing a disturbance while intoxicated, receiving 10 days in jail and a $100 fine.
Michell was arrested after a truck and trailer was stolen from Bassett Crescent NW shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday. The truck, driving at high speeds, struck a minivan at Division Avenue and 12 Street NE by Crescent Heights High School. The force of the collision caused the van to flip on its side and hit another van. Both occupants of the flipped vehicle suffered minor injuries.
The truck continued on 12th Street, striking a Toyota Camry on Parkview Drive. The 18-year-old driver of the Camry was pronounced dead on the scene, after attempts to revive her were not successful.
Michell was taken to hospital after his arrest, and allegedly attempt to disarm a police officer at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, but was restrained.
He is charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death, two counts of hit and run, one count of dangerous driving, one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000, one count of possession of stolen property under $5,000 and one count of attempting to disarm a police officer.
Michell remains in custody and returns to court on September 26 for a bail hearing.
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