Saskatoon

2 carjackings and a long distance chase end with 5 in custody

After a lengthy chase from Clavet, Sask., to North Battleford, five people face 33 charges, including armed robbery, assault with a weapon and uttering death threats. Police say two vehicles were stolen during the course of the group's getaway.

Chase begins in Clavet, Sask., ends 170 kilometres away in North Battleford

It was a Saskatoon police dog that helped with the final arrest of the group of five alleged thieves. (CBC)

After a lengthy chase that started with an alleged carjacking in Clavet, Sask., and involved two spike belts, a police dog and police officers from Saskatoon city police and the RCMP, five people have been arrested in North Battleford and charged with 33 offences.

The chaos started Saturday morning around 2:50 a.m. CST when Saskatoon RCMP received a complaint that armed robbers had allegedly broken into a home in Clavet, about 30 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon. The intruders allegedly threatened the people in the home with a gun.

Five suspects took off in an SUV, but rolled it on Highway 16.

2nd vehicle taken

Two women passed by and stopped to see if the people in the SUV needed help. At that point, the group stole the second vehicle and continued on to Saskatoon. The two women hid in the bush, "extremely traumatized" by the event, according to police. 

An RCMP member in Saskatoon spotted the stolen vehicle and Saskatoon police members chased it to the north end of the city on Highway 16.

Police tried using spike belts twice to stop the car, but the driver avoided the belts each time. 

The chase finally ended in North Battleford, about 130 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, where the group abandoned the vehicle and took off on foot in that city's south side. Four of the five were arrested right away. 

The fifth, a 21-year-old man, was arrested with the help of a tracking dog from the Saskatoon police. 

The fifth suspect, another man, two boys aged 15 and 16, and a 16-year-old girl are all in police custody in Saskatoon. 

The 21-year-old taken down by the police dog was the only person who was injured among suspects and alleged victims.

The total count of charges is 33 and include assault, pointing a firearm, flight from police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

The five charged are from the North Battleford area and nearby First Nation communities.