A man is in custody following a brazen theft of an SUV in downtown Saskatoon Wednesday that ended at rural mine site, police say.
The drama started around 3:45 p.m. CST when a man, 35, was accosted outside a bank.
Police said the victim was thrown to the ground and his SUV was stolen by a 32-year-old man.
As it turned out, there were police officers in the area and the victim, who was not hurt, told them what had happened.
That information was quickly relayed to other patrol officers and, before long, police spotted the SUV and tried to stop it.
The driver ignored the officer, police said, and the pursuit was called off, for safety reasons.
However, Saskatoon's police airplane was quickly able to find the suspect vehicle and keep an eye on it as the driver zipped through the city's east end and, eventually, ventured onto the highway.
Next the RCMP were alerted, as the vehicle was hitting speeds of around 140 km/h, police said.
Several detachments responded and tried to intercept the SUV. At one point a spike belt was thrown onto the road, but the suspect successfully avoided that device.
The SUV was next seen driving onto a mine site in the Colonsay area.
Police said the suspect bailed out of the stolen SUV and stole another vehicle.
Finally, the suspect was stopped by a unit of the Saskatoon police who were in the area with police dogs to help the RCMP, if needed.
The suspect gave up and was taken into custody.
He faces charges of robbery, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.
More charges may also be laid, as the investigation proceeds.
Police said the suspect would remain in custody at least until his first court appearance.