A man who was allegedly found in a car with $1,000 worth of marijuana after he led police on a high-speed chase and crashed into a police cruiser has been denied bail.
The following allegations surrounding the chase were shared in Brandon court on Monday by Crown attorney Rich Lonstrup.
On the evening of Oct. 3, an RCMP officer was patrolling the Trans-Canada Highway in the RM of Sifton when he came across an SUV going east at 163 km/h in a 100 km/h zone.
The officer flipped on his emergency lights and pursued the SUV, which continued at the same speed before turning into the community of Oak Lake, where it continued along the main road at up to 140 km/h in the 50 km/h zone.
The speeding vehicle whipped passed two people who were walking their dog on the shoulder of the road.
It then ran a stop sign before it travelled along the old Trans-Canada Highway, which comes to a dead end.
When the SUV reached the dead end, the driver tried to turn around to escape, but the pursuing officer used the police vehicle to box it in.
But the SUV kept going and collided with the police car.
With the SUV’s air bags blown, the chase came to an end. Due to the damage to the police cruiser, the police officer had to kick open the door.
The officer, who had minor injuries — bruised knees and a bump and cut to his forehead — still managed to draw his gun arrested the driver of the SUV at gunpoint.
The man behind the wheel was the only one in the SUV, which turned out to be stolen from Moosomin, Sask.
Inside, police found a duffle bag that held bear mace, two bags that held a total of 104 grams of marijuana (about $1,000 worth), a pair of GPS units and glass marijuana pipes.
Also in the SUV was set of keys that belonged to a vehicle that was stolen from Moose Jaw, Sask., and found in Moosomin.
The above accusations haven’t been proven in court.
Jesse Michael Degrace, 24 — who is originally from London, Ont., but currently of no fixed address — is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and other offences.
His next court date is Dec. 12.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 3, 2013