Police have five people in custody and are searching for one more following a car chase between Saskatoon and Vanscoy on Saturday.
The hunt began when police received a call about a vehicle chasing a child while he was riding his bicycle in the 1500 block of 19th Street West around 1:52 p.m.
Police initially couldn’t find the car or the kid, but found the vehicle near Avenue H and 19th Street at 2:33 p.m. The driver avoid police attempts to stop the vehicle and headed towards 11th Street and Highway 7.
Police called off the chase and contacted RCMP when the vehicle headed west in the eastbound lane of the highway.
Officers found the suspect vehicle at a gas station in Vanscoy a short time later.
Cafe owner and customers watch police chase
Robin’s Nest Cafe Quinten Odnokon watched as dozens of police surrounded his cafe. He said it was like “watching reality TV right from your window.”
“A guy was running around the building… and then two seconds later a police offer is chasing him and we see the K-9 unit run past the police officer,” Odnokon told News Talk, moments after the chase ended.
He said he and his staff watched as the police dog chased and caught the suspect in a bush less than 50 feet from their back door. An employee then told him a female suspect was in their bathroom.
“One of my customers got up, went out and told the police officer that there’s someone in the bathroom here. They went towards the bathroom, kicked the door in and got her arrested,” he said.
A 28-year-old man was arrested with the help of K-9 members while a 29-year-old woman was arrested after being caught in the washroom.
Meanwhile, the suspect vehicle took off, but was found a few blocks away. A second K-9 unit helped track down and arrest a 21-year-old woman and two men aged 26 and 31.
The 26 and 31-year-olds were taken to hospital because they were bitten by the police dogs.
The 26-year-old was arrested on a Canada-wide warrant for Breach of Statutory Release and the 21 year old woman was arrested for Breach of Probation.
Police are still investigating and more charges are expected.