A man on statutory release from prison and two passengers got into a truck and dodged officers in a wild police pursuit around southern Alberta before the vehicle caught fire.
At about 2:30 a.m. on Friday, the Calgary Police Service gave Okotoks RCMP a heads up about a stolen Ford F-150 heading their way. By the time it made it to just north of High River, Mounties released a spike belt that deflated two tires and caused the driver to pull over.
Officers say a 25-year-old man and 26-year-old woman exited the truck and tried to hide, but the HAWCS helicopter helped police locate and arrest the pair.
Meanwhile, officers say the driver took off through High River before another spike belt blew out the truck’s two other tires. Sparks were flying as its rims grinded on Highway 23 toward Vulcan.
The sparks started a grass fire in the ditch that had to be extinguished by a local fire department.
The truck also caught fire, and police arrested the 35-year-old driver, whom they found out was a prisoner on statutory release. The CPS says he has been returned to the custody of Correctional Service of Canada.
Charges are pending for the three suspects, who are all from Calgary.