April 13, 2015 1:49 pm

Saskatoon police unsuccessfully Taser stolen vehicle suspect

Saskatoon police use air support unit, Taser, armoured rescue vehicle and canine unit to nab three suspects in a stolen vehicle.

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SASKATOON – Three men are in custody after a stolen vehicle chase but not before Saskatoon police had to use a variety of tools at their disposal to capture them. It began just before midnight Sunday when a patrol officer attempted to stop a Nissan Titan truck at 33rd Street and Wedge Road.

The driver refused to stop and police say he took evasive action. The officer gave chase but quickly called it off. The air support unit took over and located the vehicle.

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Officers on the ground then deployed stop sticks to disable the truck, which came to a halt in the 900-block of 7th Avenue North.

One suspect, armed with a knife, then left the truck. Police say he refused to follow commands. At that point, police say they fired a Taser, but it was not effective. The suspect was then disarmed by a canine unit.

He was taken to hospital has a precaution before being released into police custody.

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The other suspects refused to leave the truck and attempted to flee by putting the truck in reverse. The armoured rescue vehicle was called in to prevent the suspects from escaping. The pair was arrested a short time later.

The three men, 20, 27 and 30, are facing a number of charges including possession of stolen property, breach of probation and breach of an undertaking. The 30-year-old is also facing additional charges including possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

The unnamed suspects are scheduled to appear in provincial court Monday afternoon.

The use of the Taser will be reviewed in accordance with Saskatoon Police Service policy.

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