SPS Air Support Unit Kept Busy With Evade Police Incidents

Shortly after 1:00 a.m., Saturday May 20, 2017, Saskatoon police attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle driving near Ave. D and 33rd St. W. The suspect driver refused to stop and evaded police. The vehicle began driving erratically at a high rate of speed on 33rd St. W., almost hitting two vehicles when passing in the right-hand lane. SPS Air Support Unit then located the vehicle driving south bound on Ave. W N., where tire deflation devices were used successfully. The vehicle continued west on 22nd St. with flat tires and came to a stop in the 3300 block of Fairlight Dr. The suspect was arrested without incident with assistance from the SPS Canine Unit. The license plate on the vehicle was found to have been stolen. The suspect was charged with evading police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property under $5000.

At approximately 4:30 a.m., May. 20, 2017, SPS Air Support Unit and Canine also assisted with arrests (see attached earlier release) after suspects evaded police at a high rate of speed.

At 4:35 p.m., May 20, 2017, officers saw a suspicious vehicle leaving a residence in the 1400 block of Second Ave. N at a high rate of speed. Police attempted to stop the vehicle however the suspect driver refused to stop and evaded police. ASU tracked the vehicle across the river into the Sutherland area. The vehicle pulled over near the 300 block of 109th St. ASU assisted in directing ground units to the suspect location. A brief foot pursuit occurred and the suspect was taken into custody and charged with possession of stolen property over $5000. The suspect vehicle was found to be stolen. He was also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and fail to stop for police when being pursued. The suspect also had outstanding warrants for possession of a controlled substance and drive while disqualified.

Saskatoon Police were kept extremely busy on Friday night with over 200 calls for service in a twelve hour period between 5 p.m. Friday afternoon and 5 a.m. Saturday morning.

Early in the evening, the Tactical Support Unit was called out to assist the Guns and Gangs Unit in executing two high risk search warrants. No further details are available at this time in relation to this.

At approximately 04:26 a.m., police received a call of a suspicious vehicle coming into the north end of the city that had earlier been chased out of a farm yard west of the city. The Air Support Unit was able to locate the vehicle and assist ground units in the investigation.

It was determined the vehicle  had been stolen from the Rosthern area. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the suspects fled from police at a high rate of speed and the evade police incident was terminated due to public safety concerns. The Air Support Unit observed the stolen vehicle and followed it until it hit a parked vehicle on Matheson Dr. at which time two suspects ran from the vehicle. ASU was able to direct the ground units to the area and with the assistance of the K-9 Unit, 2 male suspects ages 20 and 16, were taken into custody. The 20 yr. old also received medical treatment consistent with a dog bite. Both subjects are facing numerous charges including several Breaches of a Court Order, Evade Police, Possession of Stolen Property over $5000, Possession of Break and Enter Tools, Weapons related offences, and Warrants.   

At approximately 04:32 a.m., officers attended a 5 vehicle hit and run collision in the 200 block of Stillwater Drive. The suspect vehicle had been reported stolen and it hit several parked vehicles. At least 3 people were seen running from the stolen vehicle after the collision. No arrests have been made in this incident.

Just after 05:00 a.m., officers attended to St. Paul's Hospital in relation to a 26 yr. old male suffering from 2 stab wounds to the chest and slash wounds to his arms.  This was not a random attack and a person of interest has been identified. The victim is listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with any information on these incidents is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.