Members of the Prince Albert Police Service were dispatched to a report of a vehicle theft in progress just after 6 p.m. in the 1300 Block of 7th St. E. Wednesday evening.
As police attempted a traffic stop on the suspected stolen vehicle, the driver sped off, driving aggressively and attempting to ram several police vehicles.
A criminal pursuit ensued, which continued westbound onto Highway 3. The pursuit ended after the suspect vehicle rammed a police car, causing the officer’s vehicle to roll in the ditch. The officer driving the police vehicle was treated by Parkland Ambulance at the scene, and later in hospital, for injury before being released.
The suspect was not injured.
A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on several outstanding warrants and breach of a recognizance related to criminal charges from July 18, 2019 of failing to stop for police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property over $5,000. He will make his first court appearance Friday morning on numerous charges related to Wednesday’s incident.
The criminal investigation into this incident is ongoing, and police are looking for information about a second man believed to be involved in the vehicle theft from the 1300 Block of 7th St. E. Anyone with information, or video surveillance from the area, is asked to contact police at 306-953-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Police Chief Jon Bergen tweeted Wednesday evening: “Thinking about our incredible staff tonight who dealt with a dangerous situation that created the terrible fear of harm to our own. Shout out to C platoon as they pulled together as an invincible team committed to each other’s safety and the continuation of their duties.”
As per normal practice, the vehicle pursuit will be reviewed internally by the police service.