Alberta farmer Norm Scott suffered injuries after he and his son tried to stop the theft of gasoline from their farm on the weekend, RCMP say.
Scott confronted a young man in an SUV on his isolated farm southeast of Red Deer early Saturday morning.
“He said, ‘Well, I’m high on meth and I’m here to steal some stuff to support my meth habit.’ So he’s a pretty honest crook.”
Scott tried to take the man’s keys away. But he stepped on the gas, dragging Scott from the driver’s side window and ultimately running over him, said Innisfail RCMP.
Other family members came out to help. Scott’s son Richard got into a vehicle and followed the SUV onto Highway 42.
RCMP said the alleged gas thief rammed the son’s vehicle four times.
“The suspect then continued to flee towards Penhold and the son followed,” police said. “Then the suspect ran off the road and was blocked in by the son. As the suspect then attempted to flee on foot, the son apprehended and detained him, calling for police to attend.”
RCMP said the SUV was stolen and had a stolen licence plate.
Norm Scott, who suffered severe road rash, cuts and a possible concussion with some memory loss, has been released from Red Deer Regional Hospital.
Scott says he wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. “If we wouldn’t have caught him, tomorrow night he’d be out robbing another neighbour.”
A 19-year-old man faces several charges, including theft and assault.