Winnipeg police pursuit ends with crash in East St. Paul

WATCH: Global's Lorraine Nickel brings you more about a police chase that ended in a crash Sunday.

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police have a 20-year-old man in custody after a 30 minute pursuit through the city that ended in East St. Paul.

Police began pursuing the vehicle at Corydon Avenue and Stafford Street around 11:15 p.m. Sunday night.

It was a vehicle that fit the description of a robbery on November 30th, where he allegedly robbed a taxi cab driver of his money.

Sources say officers backed away from the pursuit while Air 1 took over following the driver from the air as he went into the wrong lane on Portage Avenue then turn north onto Main Street while driving into oncoming traffic.  Three different attempts to use spike belts failed.

He was followed by Air 1 through a residential neighbourhood off Watt Street before he traveled northbound on Henderson Highway at times driving in the southbound lane before reaching the Perimeter Highway.

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Just North of the Perimeter, police say a woman had pulled over to the side of the road when the suspect stopped and attempted to steal her car.

“that vehicle had stopped because they were also concerned of the manner of driving by the suspect,” said Constable Jason Michalyshen, “the suspect got out of that vehicle attempted to rob that victim of their vehicle.”

The woman sped away.

It was 10 kilometres north of the Perimeter on Henderson Highway where the driver lost control and crashed into the ditch as officers attempted to box him in.

The man was quickly arrested by tactical members around midnight and taken into custody.

“he continued to be combative with officers once he was taken into custody,” said Michalyshen.

Global News has learned while in police custody, the driver was rushed to hospital after he became unconscious.  Officers say he was kicking and punching police and was injured at some point.

He’s since been treated and released.

Jessie Michael Nagam, 20, from Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • Two counts of Robbery
  • Flight from police
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Resisting officers
  • Two counts of failing to comply with probation order
  • Driving without a license

He remains in custody.

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In December 2014 and May 2015, Nagam was convicted of assault and was sentenced to 75 days in custody and was released around July 15.  He was under supervised probation.