A 36 year old Saskatoon man is in custody facing a number of charges following an incident that led Saskatoon Police north of the city early this morning.
Just before 2:00 a.m., Feburary 28, 2017, an officer on patrol on Idylwyld Drive spotted a Chevy Equinox which had been reported stolen. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, however the lone male inside the vehicle refused to stop. The vehicle then proceeded north of Saskatoon toward Martensville. Members of the Air Support Unit were able to spot the vehicle from the sky and witnessed the suspect throwing items out of the vehicle as it traveled over gravel roads. ASU coordinated with ground units so that stop sticks could be deployed. This disabled the suspect vehicle which then entered the yard of a rural residence where the Equinox was abandoned, and a Honda Civic was stolen. The suspect then traveled to Highway 11 where he proceeded to drive northbound in the southbound lanes of traffic. Another attempt was made by an SPS member to deploy the tire deflation device, however the suspect vehicle turned slightly and drove directly toward the officer standing in the ditch, before it veered to the right, and headed southbound. Officers had set up just north of Warman, where the suspect vehicle struck a Patrol car and the suspect was brought into custody.
The 36 year old man was transported to hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
He was found to be in possession of 117 hydromorphone pills, 27 Dilaudid pills, and 1.85 grams of methamphetamine. Members of ASU were able to utilize the GPS mapping device on board the plane and lead officers back to where the suspect had thrown something from the vehicle. Officers located an airsoft handgun at the location.
The accused is facing 12 charges at this time and is scheduled to appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court this afternoon.