At 7:51 a.m. on Sunday January 8th a Saskatoon Police Service canine member observed a stolen truck near Massey Drive and 33rd Street West. The vehicle pulled into an apartment complex parking stall in the 3300 block of 33rd Street. As the member pulled in behind the vehicle, it reversed quickly and rammed the police cruiser. The passenger fled on foot and the driver escaped in the truck. A responding patrol member acquired the stolen truck as it was leaving the scene. The truck was pursued for a short time but terminated due to safety concerns.
The canine member tracked the passenger to a home in the 200 block of Bowman Crescent where it is believed he stole a bike from the shed of that residence. The track then directed police to a nearby business at Wedge Road and George Road. As police approached, a taxi was seen leaving the area. The taxi was subsequently stopped by police and the passenger was arrested at the scene. The 26 year old male passenger will face charges including possession of stolen property.
Approximately 25 minutes after the initial incident, the stolen truck was located several blocks away. A second canine track was then conducted in an attempt to locate the driver of the stolen vehicle. At the time of this release, the driver has not yet been located but the incident is still under investigation. The canine handler and his dog were uninjured during the event.
Additionally, a member who was responding to the scene of the initial call was involved in a collision with another motorist at the intersection of 33rd Street West and Confederation Drive. Both the motorist and the police officer were uninjured.