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Charges laid in road rage incident, LPS looking for driver of SUV

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Lethbridge Police are investigating a road rage incident and need the public’s help in identifying a vehicle.

The incident happened last Tuesday, March 10th around 6:30 pm when police and EMS were called to a collision along 5th Avenue North just east of Stafford Drive.

LPS say a 19 year old driver was heading north on Stafford near 1st Avenue when he became involved in a road rage incident. Both vehicles were travelling fast, witnesses say over 100 km/h.

The one vehicle lost control and was unable to stop, jumping the centre median and striking another vehicle, going over the hood/windshield before rolling once and coming to rest.

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The occupants of both vehicles were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

19 year old Aren Benjamin Lee Verwer of Lethbridge is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and will appear in court in late April.

Lethbridge Police say the investigation is ongoing to find the driver of an SUV involved in this road rage incident as well. The photo of that vehicle is above.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lethbridge Police or Crime Stoppers.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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