A man and woman were arrested in Winnipeg Monday after the latest incident in which a stolen vehicle was used to ram a police cruiser while trying to escape capture, police said.
Police spokesman Const. Blair Good said the case began last Friday when a Ford Explorer was stolen from a home in Toronto Avenue, in the city's West End neighbourhood.
Monday morning, the SUV filled up at a gas station on Portage Avenue near Erin Street and left without paying.
Police caught up to the vehicle on Ellice Avenue near Arlington Street, where the SUV rammed a police cruiser as the officer was trying to exit the vehicle, Good said.
"There was no doubt in the officer's mind that it was intentionally done, and as a matter of fact, the whole incident was captured on surveillance video," he said.
The officer pulled himself back into the vehicle and was not injured, Good said.
A 21-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were arrested after a foot chase.
The woman faces a charge of possession of stolen property and was released on a promise to appear.
The man was charged with a variety of offences, including assault with a weapon, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, theft under $5,000, and fleeing police. He is being held in custody.
The case is the latest in a string of cases in Winnipeg over the last few months in which auto thieves have used stolen vehicles as weapons by driving them into police vehicles in an attempt to escape arrest.