A youth in a stolen vehicle nearly struck a police officer, then collided with a police cruiser and finally smashed into a pole before being arrested Thursday night.
The 16-year-old male was driving a black Chevrolet Silverado missing from a residence in the 500 block of Whittier Avenue in Transcona. Police spotted the stolen truck and lone occupant in the vicitinity of Kildare Avenue East and Widlake Street.
Police stopped the car but the suspect tried to flee by gunning the truck in reverse. One officer took cover behind a cruiser and the stolen truck rammed into it, causing significant damage. He continued to drive in reverse and struck a pole.
The youth was taken into custody and charged with several counts, including assaulting a police officer with a weapon, flight from a police officer, and motor vehicle theft. He is detained at the Manitoba Youth Centre.