Police have arrested a man who attempted to steal a tow truck while the truck driver was inside a vehicle it was towing.

In the early morning of September 8, Brody Leimer, 23, a tow truck operator with Big Hill Towing was called out to tow a vehicle that had broken down on Highway 1 near the Morley Reserve.

As Leimer hooked up the vehicle, raised, and partially secured it, he got into the disabled vehicle to switch it into neutral for the operation.

Suddenly, someone jumped into the truck and began driving away with Leimer inside the disabled car.

Thinking quickly, Leimer climbed out onto the hood of the disabled car, and then jumped onto the tow truck.

He then managed to climb around the truck to open the passenger door, climbing into the cab.

While still driving down the highway, he managed to overpower the suspect, a 20-year-old male, stopping the truck and throwing him out of his vehicle.

Cochrane RCMP soon arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect, Aaron Omeasoo-Stephens, a short distance away.

He has been charged with:

  • impaired driving
  • operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level exceeding .08
  • two counts of theft over $5,000
  • driving without a licence

Omeasoo-Stephens is expected in court on October 7.