Driver sideswipes police car in Saskatoon pursuit

Driver sideswipes police car in Saskatoon pursuit
Saskatoon police use traffic spikes in chase of stolen car
Saskatoon Police used traffic spikes to help catch a speeding driver during a car chase Thursday night.

When police tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped away, forcing the officers to suspend the ground pursuit and call in air support due to dangerous driving.

Stop sticks used on stolen vehicle by Saskatoon police during chase

Police strategically positioned traffic spikes in various locations on Saskatoon’s east side and were able to slow the car when spikes deflated three of the car’s tires.

A 29-year-old man is facing numerous charges, including possession of stolen property, assault of a police officer with a weapon and dangerous driving.

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Saskatoon police said the driver of a reported stolen vehicle drove at a high rate of speed into oncoming traffic in an effort to escape capture.

A man is accused of damaging three Saskatoon police vehicles in an attempt to elude officers in a reported stolen vehicle.

Police set up several roadblocks with stop sticks around the city, and managed to flatten three of his tires.

Officers said they were on patrol late Thursday evening near Idylwyld Drive North and 33rd Street when they spotted a vehicle reported stolen.

Members of the air support unit monitoring the vehicle said the driver continued  at a high rate of speed and into oncoming traffic.

Police said a number of patrol units were deployed on the east side of the city to use stop sticks to deflate the tires on the vehicle as the actions of the driver were posing a high risk to public safety.

The stop sticks blew out three tires, police said, but the driver continued on in a dangerous manner.

Police said when officers moved in to box the vehicle, the driver sideswiped a patrol vehicle before the chase came to an end.

A 29-year-old man was arrested and is facing a number of charges including dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and assault of a police officer with a weapon.

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