One erratic and stubborn driver was taken into custody by Estevan Police Service members on Aug. 3 following a chase that didn't end until the vehicle he was driving was brought to a halt near Halbrite on Highway 39.
Police said the man was held in custody pending an Aug. 7 court date.
The misadventure began during the day of Aug. 3 when EPS received a call regarding an erratic driver on the northeast side of the city. The vehicle was located a short time later, but when police attempted to make a routine traffic stop to investigate the situation, the driver failed to comply, resulting in a slow speed pursuit at between 50 and 70 km/h through the local streets and onto Highway 39. At this point the pursuit continued along the highway and members of the Weyburn detachment of the RCMP provided assistance by deploying a spike belt across the road near the town of Midale. The driver, attempting to swerve around the belt was unsuccessful and the passenger side tires on the suspect vehicle were punctured.
The vehicle continued on its westbound track until it approached another spike belt that had been put in place 15 kilometres from the village of Halbrite. This time the driver's side tires were punctured but the vehicle kept moving westbound at reduced speeds for another four miles before it had to stop due to the extensive damages.
After a brief struggle with the lone occupant of the vehicle, EPS members along with the Weyburn RCMP members placed the 44-year-old man under arrest and he was taken to EPS cells where he was remanded in custody pending his court appearance.
Some of the charges that have been laid against the driver include impaired driving, flight from police, driving without a valid licence and possession of a controlled substance.