Winnipeg man charged after allegedly stealing vehicle and fleeing police

By News Staff

Winnipeg police say one man has been charged after a vehicle was stolen earlier this week.

On January 16, Winnipeg police received a report that a vehicle was stolen from a parking lot in the North East part of the city. Adding the vehicle was left running at the time.

On January 18, officers observed what they believed to be the stolen vehicle, travelling southbound on Garry Street. Police pursued the vehicle for a short distance until it stalled out. As officers approached the vehicle, it fled west on St. Mary’s Avenue.

According to police, the driver continued to drive erratically, disregarding speed limits, traffic control devices, one-way directions and slippery road conditions, while fleeing police.

Additional units were called to the Downtown area to try and locate the vehicle. WPS report during the search, officers continually lost and regained sight of the vehicle.

“As the suspect vehicle fled northbound on Hargrave Street, it blew through a red light, striking a vehicle travelling eastbound on McDermot Avenue. Both vehicles collided with a traffic control standard, knocking it down, and rendering both vehicles inoperable,” said Winnipeg police in a statement.

Police then pursued the suspect on foot and he was taken into custody.

The lone driver of the other vehicle, a male in his 60s, was transported to hospital in stable condition.

The accused was transported to hospital for precautionary measures and subsequently released.

Police say that 25-year-old Rick Edward Flett, of Winnipeg, was charged with possession of property obtained by crime, dangerous operation of a conveyance, flight while pursued by a peace officer, two counts of failure to comply with undertaking and driving without a licence or with an invalid licence (Highway Traffic Act).

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