A multi-vehicle joyride late Wednesday started in Regina, went through the Pasqua First Nation and ended near Balgonie early Thursday with the RCMP using a Taser to arrest one of the two alleged carjackers.
It also left a senior with serious injuries after a hit-and-run involving the original stolen vehicle.
Events started just after 8 p.m. Wednesday when a Regina police officer noticed some commotion outside the city’s General Hospital, according to a press release from Regina police.
Moments earlier, another police unit radioed they tried to do a traffic stop with a white Ford truck.
As the officer was walking, he heard people yelling a man had been struck by the truck. The man was identified as a 72-year-old, who was crossing the street; his injuries are serious, but non-life-threatening.
As police investigated the matter, they got information the suspect vehicle was a stolen truck that was taken from a garage in south Regina earlier Wednesday. They also learned the truck had hit a traffic sign at 13 Avenue and Broad Street just before 8 p.m.
About an hour later, police found the truck, a Ford F250, in north Regina and pursued it out of town; a man inside the truck pointed a shotgun at police.
Regina police called for help from the RCMP.
Once on the case, RCMP said the stolen truck was involved in an incident at a home on the Pasqua First Nation where an adult man was assaulted with a gun. A second vehicle was stolen from a home and the two stolen trucks headed south from the First Nation.
The F250 was abandoned on the Pasqua First Nation, and the second vehicle stolen was found driving on the Muscowpetung First Nation.
RCMP pursued but called off their chase as the vehicle entered Edenwold.
They pursued the second vehicle again, south of Edenwold, but the chase ended when the vehicle ran out of gas near Balgonie on Highway 46.
A woman in the truck was arrested at the scene, but a man ran away.
Police found him at a nearby farm yard, where he allegedly tried using a skid steer, or small Bobcat, to assault officers who were trying to arrest him.
Policed needed to use a Taser and OC spray to detain and arrest him.
The man, a 29-year-old, and the woman, a 26-year-old, are currently in RCMP custody, and numerous charges are pending against both of them.
More updates to come.