April 23, 2014 2:54 pm

Canine units put bite on teens following police chase across Saskatoon

Six teens charged when canine units track them down after leading police on a chase across Saskatoon in a stolen vehicle.

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SASKATOON – Two canine units help put the bite on six teens accused of leading police on a chase across Saskatoon in a stolen vehicle Wednesday morning.

It started when the 14-year-old driver failed to stop at a stop sign in the area of Preston Avenue and Main Street at 5:19 a.m.

An officer spotted the infraction and pulled the driver over, but when the officer approached the vehicle on foot he took off at a high speed.

Other patrol units spotted the vehicle a few minutes later at the intersection of Attridge Drive and Central Avenue.

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Stop sticks were placed as the vehicle exited Attridge to head west on Circle Drive. The front passenger tire was punctured, but the driver continued westbound on Circle.

Police ended the pursuit at 5:34 a.m. due to the high rate of speed and concern for public safety.

The vehicle was next spotted turning northbound onto Airport Drive by a member of the canine unit.

Six people were then seen fleeing from the vehicle in the airport area. A second canine unit was in the area and assisted in capturing the suspects.

The six male youth, ranging in age from 12 to 17, are charged with possession of a stolen vehicle over $5,000.

The driver is also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evading police and four breaches of undertaking.

All are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

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