A Reigna man is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and evading police after a high-speed chase down Highway 1 from Regina toward Moose Jaw early Monday morning.
It all started around 5:40 a.m. when police got a call about a man assaulting a woman inside a truck at the Normanview Mall parking lot in the 400 block of McCarthy Boulevard North.
Officers caught up to the truck first heading east on 7th Avenue North, then south down McCarthy Boulevard. Police say the woman was obviously in distress. Police turned on their emergency lights to chase the truck.
While in pursuit, officers witnessed a man repeatedly hitting a woman in the passenger side and pulling her back as she tried to jump out of the moving truck.
Elizabeth Popowich speaks for Regina Police Service (RPS). She said police never engage in a chase without considering public safety and weighing that against the need to catch the suspect.
“Sometimes the need to stop the vehicle is so great that you have to engage, and this was one of those times,” she said.
Police say the truck reached dangerously high speeds as it left the city on 9th Avenue North and continued to Highway 730 down to Highway 642. They called RCMP and Moose Jaw Police Service for backup.
Three Regina police vehicles were waiting at the Highway 1 exit from Belle Plaine. At that point, the truck crashed into the police vehicles slowing it down enough for the woman to jump out.
Several officers stayed to help the woman and called EMS to take her to the hospital. Her injuries were not life threatening.
No police officers were hurt in the crash. Police stayed in pursuit of the truck as it continued down Highway 1 toward Moose Jaw.
Several people driving down Highway 1 witnessed the high speed chase and called in to News Talk Radio to describe what they saw.
Jason was driving to Regina when he saw several police vehicles west of the Belle Plaine overpass around 6:25 a.m.
“They all had their lights on and as I got closer, they were chasing a heavily-damaged grey truck,” Jason told News Talk Radio. “The whole entire side was damaged quite a bit to the point where it looked like the back tire was about to explode.”
Trevor Witte was driving westbound on Highway 1 by the turnoff to Weyburn when the truck drove past him.
“When he went by me, he did have a blown back left tire.”
Members of the Moose Jaw Police Service found the truck when it hit the ditch at the exit to Highway 39. They assisted RPS officers taking the driver into custody. He was also treated for self-inflicted injuries.
Aaron Michael Murphy, 39, will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Thursday on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and evading police.