April 24, 2014 10:44 am

Selkirk carjacking leads to closure of Main Street in Winnipeg

Main Street at Templeton Avenue is closed Thursday morning after a car crashed into a hydro pole and knocked it down.

Gage Fletcher / Global News

WINNIPEG – A carjacking in Selkirk, Man., led to a wild chase down Highway 9 that ended in Winnipeg when the vehicle hit two hydro poles along Main Street, sheering one off.

Police are still searching for a suspect after a man fled into Kildonan Park following the crash, a news release from the RCMP said.

Selkirk RCMP responded to the call about a carjacking at about 2:35 a.m. Thursday, the Mounties said in a news release.

A man threatened the driver with a knife and stole the car, leaving the victim unharmed, police said.

The man drove the car south down Highway 9 with RCMP in pursuit. The Mounties notified Winnipeg police when the car approached the city.

The car thief lost control of the car at about 3 a.m. in Winnipeg near Kildonan Park. It crossed the Main Street median and hit two hydro poles at McKay Drive near Templeton Avenue. The driver got out of the car and ran into Kildonan Park.

Winnipeg police and RCMP created a perimeter around the area where the car thief disappeared and the canine unit was called in to help look for a suspect. The search continues, police said.

Main Street was closed for about three hours, with southbound lanes reopening just before 6 a.m. and northbound lanes opening before 7 a.m.

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