One man is in custody following a high speed pursuit involving a FedEx delivery van that ended near Hague on Tuesday afternoon, November 13. According to sources, the chase began in Prince Albert and continued south of that city on Highway 11. According to witnesses, police attempted to use spike belts to stop the vehicle but the suspect managed to keep the van on the road. The pursuit ended approximately 35 minutes later at Hague near the Blumenthal junction with Highway 11.
Witnesses allege that at least one vehicle was forced into the ditch north of Hague as the van drove south in the northbound lanes in excess of 140 km/h. Police attempted to stop all northbound traffic but were directed by supervisors to force the vehicle off the road out of concerns for public safety. The lone occupant of the van wasn’t injured and was taken into custody at the scene.
Prince Albert Police Service, along with the Prince Albert and Rosthern RCMP detachments all participated in the pursuit. Northbound lanes of Highway 11 were closed for a short time while a RCMP Collision Reconstructionist examined the scene and debris was cleaned up. Northbound motorists were rerouted onto Hague’s service road and back onto Highway 11 at the Hague Service Centre.
Rosthern RCMP continue to investigate.