Wild cross-country police chase ends when snowmobile won't start
Police charge 31-year-old from Calgary
A crazy police chase through rural Saskatchewan finally came to an end when a suspect was arrested Tuesday morning — but not before the man tore through a golf course, blew his tires out on a railway track and tried to start up a snowmobile.
RCMP from five rural Saskatchewan detachments were involved in the chase, which lasted about 90 minutes and covered 120 kilometres.
It started when a citizen called police Tuesday mid-morning to say a stolen trailer was spotted being hauled behind a pickup truck in the Unity area.
When RCMP officers caught up to truck, the suspect attempted to ram the RCMP vehicle and then took off.
Officers alerted other detachments and the chase was on.
Along the way, the suspect managed to get around two sets of spike belts laid out in his path. The suspect also avoided physical barricades made up of heavy equipment set out to block his way.
A few times, the driver simply left the road to zoom through fields and — at one point — tore up the local golf course in Macklin.
Then, after ramming yet another police vehicle, the suspect took off down a set of train tracks near Macklin.
That's when the tires on the trailer went flat and brought the suspect to a halt.
Undeterred, the man then tried to start up one of the snowmobiles he had been hauling.
That getaway did not work.
RCMP said a 31-year-old Calgary man is in custody and will appear in court in North Battleford on 16 charges relating to the chase and a number of break and enter allegations.
Police said traffic on the CPR lines near Macklin was stopped for a couple of hours until the truck and trailer were removed and the tracks were examined to ensure there was no damage.