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Stolen Pick-Up Truck Leads to High-Speed Chase, Injuring Police Officer


Stolen Pick-Up Truck Leads to High-Speed Chase, Injuring Police Officer
Police officer injured

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune


On January 11, 2024, at approximately 8:25 am, Steinbach RCMP received a report that a pick-up truck had just been stolen on Brandt Street, in Steinbach.


Officers on patrol located the stolen vehicle driving in Steinbach and initiated a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and fled. The vehicle drove to a dead-end street and officers contained the area, however the driver rammed and pushed a police vehicle out of the way. A second police vehicle attempted to stop the stolen vehicle, and the suspect struck that police vehicle, and then collided with a fence.


The driver and passenger were subsequently arrested.


During the incident the stolen vehicle also struck a parked civilian vehicle.

One of the officers involved was injured and taken to hospital where he was treated and released.


James Friesen, 39, has been charged with:

  • Assault on Peace Officer with a Weapon

  • Assault on Peace Officer Causing Bodily Harm

  • Flight from Peace Officer

  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

  • Theft of Truck

  • Mischief over $5000 x5


He was remanded into custody. The passenger was released with no charges.


Steinbach RCMP continue to investigate.

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