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Three tire deflation devices finally stop erratic driver - Saskatoon

The driver eventually crashed into a house on Avenue S North
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Saskatoon police used three deployments of tire deflating devices on two cars before they could arrest their suspect.

SASKATOON - A 27-year-old Saskatoon man is in custody following an incident in which the driver of a stolen vehicle refused to stop for police.

At approximately 7:40 p.m., Sept. 20, Saskatoon Police Service received a report that a vehicle had been stolen from a business in the 2600 block of Avenue C North.

The Ford Escape SUV was equipped with GPS which allowed officers to locate it driving near 33rd Street and Junor Avenue. A tire deflation device was deployed but was not successful.

The stolen vehicle then made its way to Confederation Drive, while being driven erratically. The vehicle then traveled to Clancy Drive before leaving the road and entering a park. It then traveled on Fairlight Drive where another tire deflation device was used and was successful in disabling two tires.

The driver continued driving and made his way back to the location on Avenue C where the vehicle was stolen from. The suspect abandoned that vehicle and was reported to have stolen a second one, a GMC cube van.

It then left the location where a third tire deflation device was successfully deployed. The suspect vehicle struck two police vehicles and then a third before colliding with a house in the 800 block of Avenue S North.

The suspect was found to be in possession of a knife and was brought into custody. He is now facing charges of possession of stolen property, assaulting a police officer x 4, dangerous driving, theft, and breach of court conditions.

No one was seriously injured.


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