Air Support Unit Tracks Erratic Driver East Of City - Rosetown Man Arrested

A 32 year old man from Rosetown is in custody after an erratic driving episode Wednesday evening.

At 8:15 PM the Saskatoon Police Service was contacted by the RCMP Telecommunications Centre and informed of reports of a blue Ford pick-up truck that had been involved in a collision in the Vanscoy area. The driver of the truck had left the scene of the accident and was last seen eastbound at a very high rate of speed.

Shortly before 8:30 PM the truck was seen eastbound on 22nd Street . Just after 9:00 PM the SPS received a report of a collision in the 2500 block of 8th Street. Again the report included a description of a blue Ford truck that had been involved in the collision but left the scene. At 9:06 PM the Air Support Unit ( ASU) spotted the truck eastbound on 8th Street. The vehicle was being operated extremely erratically, speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. An SPS Patrol Unit attempted to stop the truck as it went east on 8th Street, however the driver refused to stop and continued east of the city. The ground unit backed off and the ASU continued to observe the vehicle.

The ASU followed the truck as it sped east on the 8th Street extension, often moving in and out of the oncoming traffic lane, to a location approximately 10 kilometres east of Saskatoon, where Patrol units had tire deflation devices in place. At this point the truck hit the ditch and the driver was subsequently stopped and arrested. Fortunately no one was injured in the incident.

The operator of the truck is charged with hit and run, evading police, and dangerous driving. He will be appearing in Provincial Court on Thursday.

(Occurrence Number: 18-66355)