A 26-year-old Saskatchewan man suspected of two bold robberies in rural Manitoba seemed undeterred when an RCMP chase led to three punctured tires from a police spike belt. The suspect just drove on rims for several kilometres before finally coming to a halt and his eventual arrest.

RCMP said the suspect, who is from Estevan in southeast Saskatchewan, began his bold crime spree on Tuesday night in Melita, Manitoba, where a man in a white ski mask, brandishing a rifle, went into a convenience store and, after threatening the clerk, took off with some cash. No one was hurt.

The next morning, in the same small town, RCMP were called with a report about a "gas and dash" and the description of the suspect vehicle matched the one from the convenience store hold-up.

Chased down back country roads

Officers quickly caught up to the suspect truck, still in town, and attempted to pull the driver over. But he tore off and made his way, using back roads, into Saskatchewan.

RCMP were ready for the suspect and, in Saskatchewan, officers put down a spike belt. It worked, deflating three tires. But the suspect kept on going — on rims.

Finally, near Carnduff, the pursuit ended when the suspect came upon some police vehicles and — while trying to go around them — ended up stuck in a snow-filled ditch.

RCMP said the truck and firearm suspected of being used in the hold-up were both stolen. The truck had been taken from Saskatoon.

The suspect is facing many charges in Manitoba including armed robbery, drunk driving and fleeing police. He is in custody in Brandon.


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