Man evades traffic stop in Lanigan, nearly hits police officer

A 28-year old Nova Scotian man has been arrested after evading a traffic stop check.

Combined Traffic Services, with help from Lanigan, Wynyard and Watrous RCMP, had a check stop on Highway #16 in Lanigan Sept. 26.

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Around 9:30 a.m. a van travelling eastbound on Highway #16 was waved into the check stop area. The van entered into the check stop area, but instead of coming to a stop, it accelerated, jumping over the curb and nearly hitting a police officer. The van fled the check stop east bound on Highway #16 at a high rate of speed.

Members at the scene were able to obtain a licence plate as the vehicle was fleeing and conducted records checks.  Those checks indicated the van was stolen out of Lloydminster, Alta.

Officers located the vehicle a short time later stuck in a field, still occupied by the driver.

The man is in custody until Oct. 10, where he’ll appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court. He has been charged with eight offences: assaulting a peace officer, possession of property obtained by crime, evading police, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, failure to comply with an undertaking, theft of a motor vehicle and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

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