RCMP looking for black BMW in dangerous driving incident

    Chestermere RCMP responded to a Cove Road for a dangerous driving complaint Aug. 25 at 7:25 p.m.
    Two youth had to jump out of the way after a newer black BMW sedan with four male occupants drove up the curb and onto the sidewalk at the boys.
    Although no license plate for the car was obtained, RCMP patrolled the area in search of the car.
    “Unfortunately, the vehicle was not located,” said Chestermere RCMP detachment commander Staff Sgt. Mark Wielgosz.
    Monica Padilla is the mom of one of the two boys who were almost hit. She sad that her 10-year-old son and a friend of his from Calgary were walking to the Centex, something the boys have done plenty of times in the past.
    “They have walked to the Centex before many times but never experienced something this scary and terrifying,” she said.
    “They are very scared to even play outside,” said Padilla, “it definitely marked their lives’ forever.”
    She said that her family moved out of Calgary to have a safe and happy environment for his kids to grow up in.
    “It seems it’s not a safe city at all and worse than living in Calgary,” she said.
    Padilla said that her son and friend heard the driver of the BMW say hi to them as it drove past. When they replied back the vehicle pulled a U-turn and drove up on the curb towards them.
    Frightened the boys dodged out of the way and the ran and hid behind a house.
    “Both boys got really terrified,” said Padilla.
    While the incident is concerning, Wielgosz said that Chestermere is a very safe community and that road safety is a priority for the RCMP here in Chestermere.
    To that end the RCMP initiated a new enhanced road safety program for the city in August.
    “Which will involve additional shifts with additional members who will be patrolling the streets to ensure we’re to maximize road safety,” said Wielgosz.
    Some things they will be targeting through this program include aggressive, distracted, and impaired driving.
    Wielgosz is asking that anyone with information about the dangerous driving incident to contact Chestermere RCMP at (403) 204-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).