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Chase leads RCMP across Man-Sask border

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Manitoba Mounties chased a suspect across the Saskatchewan border, finally cornering him after a high-speed chase over windswept prairie roads, they reported today.

The suspect, an alleged armed robber, kept rolling even after Manitoba RCMP trapped him with a spike belt, blowing out three of the four tires on the Ford pickup truck he used to flee a robbery in Manitoba.

The chase finally ended near Carnduff, Sask., 67 kilometres west of where it started in Melita. Man.

By the time the chase was over, RCMP had the suspect in custody.

The saga started Tuesday, when just before 7 p.m. Melita RCMP got a call about an armed robbery at a local shop. A clerk at Waterboy’s was threatened when a man wearing a white ski mask and armed with a rifle held up the store and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The clerk wasn’t injured.

The next morning, just before 10:30 a.m. as Melita RCMP were investigating the hold up from the night before, they got a new report of a "gas and dash" from a local gas station. The descriptions matched and the RCMP gave chase.

Officers laid a spike belt on the main road out of Melita, and it punctured three of the four tires on the stolen truck the suspect was driving. "The suspect was still able to driver for approximately 30 minutes on three rims... (the chase) continued down rural highways and roads into Saskatchewan."

It finally ended at Highway 8, when cruisers from Carnduff set up a road block. The suspect ended up in a ditch and he was arrested.

A 26 year-old man from Estevan, Sask., faces numerous charges and is in custody in Brandon, RCMP said today.


Updated on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM CDT: Edited story, minor corrections

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