Two male suspects are to answer to charges in court after they failed to stop for police on Highway 16.
On Tuesday evening, (Feb. 7) around 6:45 p.m., Cut Knife RCMP got a report that a male wanted for being unlawfully at large was travelling in a vehicle in their area.
Officers found the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle did not stop and officers pursued it onto Highway 16.
The spike belt was deployed, however even with deflated tires police indicate that the vehicle continued at high speed until it finally stopped outside Waseca. Officers then requested that the occupants come out of the vehicle, but police say they refused to comply.
Saskatchewan RCMP’s Critical Incident Response Team was called in. Officers attempted negotiations with the occupants, then used non-lethal intervention techniques to arrest them without injury. Further investigation determined the vehicle had been reported as stolen in Edmonton.
Nakota Pooyak was arrested on a warrant for being unlawfully at large.
The 29-year-old from Sweetgrass First Nation along with 32-year-old Warren Littlewolfe from Edmonton are each charged with:
- one count, flight from police
- one count, possession of stolen property
- one count, resist/obstruct peace officer
Both suspects are to appear in Lloydminster Saskatchewan provincial court on Thursday Feb. 9.
The incident resulted in Highway 16 being closed for six hours from Tuesday evening to the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Several law enforcement and other resources combined in this effort including Cut Knife, Battlefords, Maidstone, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan RCMP’s Warrant Enforcement Response Team and Roving Traffic Unit, Lloydminster Rescue Squad, Wilton Police Service, Saskatchewan’s Protection and Response Team and Highway ministry staff.