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Carjacker arrested after ramming police vehicle

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A 20-year-old Winnipeg man has been charged with 13 offences after an incident in Wolseley, where an older couple was assaulted and robbed of their car, bystanders were threatened and two other vehicles — including a police cruiser — were rammed.

On Thursday at 6:45 p.m., a couple in their 60s was walking from a fast-food restaurant on Portage Avenue near Greenwood Place — kitty corner to Winnipeg’s RCMP headquarters — when they were confronted by an intoxicated male as they were attempting to reach their vehicle, Winnipeg Police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said.

The intoxicated male demanded the couple’s keys, assaulted them and also threatened to harm bystanders who attempted to intervene on the couple’s behalf, Michalyshen said.

The male then drove off in the couple’s Ford Focus. Police followed him and tried to get him to stop, but he didn't and ended up ramming a police cruiser and a Mazda van before the chase ended.

Michalyshen said there were no injuries to officers or civilians in the collision, but damages to the vehicles are expected to exceed $6,000.

The intoxicated male was then taken into custody, where police had to stun him with an electronic weapon, Michalyshen said.

Cody Bushie, 20, has been charged with robbery, assault, fleeing a police officer, dangerous driving, driving without a licence, failing to comply with a probation order, breach of recognizance, two impaired-driving offences and four counts of uttering threats to kill or hurt people.

Michalyshen said Bushie is well-known to police.

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