Saskatoon police used their plane and spike strips to stop and arrest a 28-year-old woman driving a stolen vehicle and avoid an inner-city chase Tuesday morning.
Around 3:30 a.m., officers saw a red Buick in the area of 22nd Street and Avenue F that matched the description of a car that was stolen in Saskatoon early January. The car was being driven erratically, going through stop signs, speeding and jumping a jumping a center median.
Officers didn’t try to stop the car because previous attempts in several other pursuits over the last couple weeks were called off due to safety concerns. Instead, the Air Support Unit followed the car as it headed south of the city on Valley Road. The plane guided police to a spot where they could set up spike strips.
The car’s tires were blown on Highway 60 just south of the city and a 28-year-old Saskatoon woman was arrested. She’s charged with possession of stolen property and several traffic related offenses.
Guns, weapons and drugs were also found in the vehicle. Police continue to investigate and more charges are pending.