A wild scene of two young people on the run came to a safe end Tuesday when RCMP sacrificed a police vehicle in a barricade.

The craziness began around 2:30 p.m. CST when RCMP said a car was zipping along Highway 2, travelling north, at a dangerous speed.

RCMP in La Ronge matched the description of the car to a man from Calgary who was on the run and was a suspect in a recent case of assault and uttering threats.

They quickly set up on the highway, erecting a road block about 15 kilometres south of La Ronge. The barricade consisted of three marked police vehicles with their emergency lights activated. The vehicles were unoccupied and officers positioned themselves to the side, at a safe distance.

Police also set out a spike belt.

The suspect came along and, according to RCMP, instead of slowing down the driver hit the gas. The car drove into the road block, hitting a police cruiser hard. The suspect then drove over the spike belt and finally, about 300 metres on, left the road and came to a stop in the ditch.

The suspects bailed, into the nearby bush. RCMP then brought in their police service dog for a track.

About four hours later, RCMP members, assisted by conservation officers on snowmobiles, located and arrested both suspects on the east side of Potato Lake. They were taken back to La Ronge, checked out at the hospital, and discharged back into RCMP custody.

The pair are facing numerous charges related to the chase, in addition to other charges on allegations in Calgary and Red Deer, Alberta. Both have made preliminary appearances in provincial court.

La Ronge is about 240 kilometres north of Prince Albert.


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