A Saskatoon man was arrested early this morning after he was observed to be in possession of a stolen vehicle.
At approximately 11:00 p.m., June 18, 2018, a Saskatoon Police Service Canine Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a stolen white Mercedes car near the intersection of Circle Drive and 11th Street West. The male driver of the suspect vehicle refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed. The Air Support Unit observed the vehicle leave the city on Highway 16 West. RCMP were notified and successfully deployed a tire deflation device. The suspect abandoned the vehicle east of Radisson and unsuccessfully attempted to steal another vehicle before fleeing into a field on foot. ASU guided ground units to the suspect’s location near a slough. A Saskatoon Police Service Dog (PSD) attempted to apprehend the suspect in the slough, however the suspect made threats and multiple attempts to drown the PSD. The suspect received a dog bite during the altercation. Officers then entered the water to assist the PSD and a physical altercation ensued before the suspect was taken into custody.
Paramedics transported the suspect to hospital with minor injuries resulting from the dog bite. No officers were injured in this incident, however the PSD was taken to a veterinary clinic for evaluation and later released.
The 34 year old Saskatoon man is charged with Possession of Stolen Property over $5000, Dangerous Driving and Robbery. He was also charged under Quanto’s Law, Section 445 of the Criminal Code for Causing Unnecessary Suffering to a Police Service Dog. He is expected to make his first court appearance this afternoon.
(Court Info Number: 991055609)