A man and a woman are in custody following a police pursuit near Duck Lake on Tuesday, March 12 that involved several RCMP detachments.
Prince Albert RCMP say that around noon on March 12, on a rural road near Macdowall near Highway 11, RCMP officers located a white Ford truck that was trying to pull another vehicle out of the ditch.
It was suspected that the white Ford truck may have been a truck stolen earlier in the day but it had not been confirmed at that time.
As officers approached in the police vehicle, the white truck stopped trying to remove the vehicle from the ditch and drove away. The police attempted to conduct a traffic stop by activating the emergency equipment. The white truck pulled into a yard site and then started heading towards the police vehicle as if it was going to ram the police vehicle in the front end. The white truck veered a few feet away from the police vehicle and continued southbound on Highway 11. The truck abruptly came to a stop and then reversed into the police vehicle with enough force to deploy the passenger air bag, disabling the police vehicle.
The white truck then fled the scene into the rural area around Macdowall and officers lost sight of the truck.
This started the search for the white truck that involved several RCMP detachments around the Prince Albert area, Saskatoon Police Air Support Unit, and Provincial Response Team (PRT). RCMP officers from Wakaw, Rosthern, Blaine Lake, Shellbrook, and Prince Albert Detachment, were all involved in the search. The Prince Albert Police Service was at the city limits in case the vehicle headed back towards the city.
A PRT member finally spotted the vehicle and began pursuing the truck north of Duck Lake. Saskatoon Police Air Support Services then located the vehicle and coordinated with ground units, and was able to direct RCMP officers into position to deploy a spike belt, which was successful. Shortly after the spike belt was used, the truck pulled into a farm yard where the occupants attempted to steal another vehicle.
Officers arrested an adult male and an adult female at the yard without incident. Police recovered a loaded .22 calibre rifle and, through investigation, were able to confirm that it was thrown from the white truck at some point during the pursuit.
No one was hurt during this incident and the successful arrest of the two suspects was the result of cooperation between all of the law enforcement agencies involved. The RCMP Divisional Operations Communication Center was also heavily involved, directing all the responding units into the area to ensure the suspects’ avenues of escape were limited.
This incident is still under investigation. More details will be provided as they become available.