Two people are in custody this morning after a high-speed police chase that started in Saskatchewan ended in a ditch just east of Brandon.
The pursuit lasted several hours this morning, as a man and a woman allegedly stole one vehicle after another in an attempt to shake police pursuit.
The suspects, a 42-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, are both from Calgary. The woman was briefly taken to hospital for treatment of prior injuries, but she remains in custody.
The pair will face charges of possession of stolen property, dangerous driving, and flight from police. Police say that further charges are pending, including some from other jurisdictions. RCMP say they have been linked to thefts or break-ins in Moose Jaw and Lethbridge, as well as the string of small towns they went through in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba this morning.
Police say that the chase started at around 5 a.m. this morning in Sintaluta, Sask., when a stolen SUV was rammed into a local Co-Op hardware store in a failed break-in attempt.
After fleeing that scene, the suspects stole another vehicle in Wapella, Sask. That vehicle was dumped in the Elkhorn area, where the pair stole a Nissan pickup truck.
That pickup appears to have been abandoned in Oak Lake, where the suspects then made off with a 1999 Buick LeSabre.
Reports say that the fleeing suspects reached speeds of more than 150 km/h along the Trans-Canada Highway, and at least one person reported being rammed by one of the stolen vehicles as the culprits tried to get away.
RCMP ended the first part of their pursuit in the Virden area, but advised Brandon police to be on the lookout for the stolen car. The suspects apprently drove the Buick into Brandon on Highway 1A, through Kemnay.
Brandon police spotted the Buick near Kemnay but weren't able to stop it at that point, and chased it down Highway 1A, again reaching speeds higher than 150 km/h.
Officers managed to chase the vehicle all the way through the city along Victoria Avenue, although at more reasonable speeds, and say that there weren't any incidents during the pursuit through the city.
At the end of Victoria Avenue East, the suspects north on Highway 110, the eastern access route, where they tried to pass another vehicle, clipping it and sending both of them into the west ditch, just before the bridge.
With guns drawn, police took the two into custody at about 10 a.m. No one was reportedly injured in the crash, but Highway 110 was blocked off for about an hour as the collision was cleared up.
The man and woman remain at the Brandon Correctional Centre, and will appear at a bail hearing in the morning.