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Saskatoon car thief drives off with 3 kids

01/10/2012 08:17 EST | Updated 03/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Three children in Saskatoon had a scary ride Monday night with a car thief who may have been drunk.

Police said the man responsible for the children left them in a Pontiac Grand Am with its motor running in a driveway on the 100 block of Ruth Street East in the south end of the city.

He went into a home for a minute around 11:20 p.m. CST, and while he was in the house someone jumped into the car and drove away with the three children — a boy, 11, and his two sisters, ages five and three.

About seven blocks away, the suspect, described as a man in his 20s, let the children out unharmed.

Police found the vehicle about 1 a.m. with a man at the wheel. They boxed in the car with their vehicles and made an arrest. The suspect, a 25-year-old man, is in custody and faces numerous charges, including:

- Impaired driving.

- Refusing a breath test.

- Possession of stolen property over $5,000.

- Breach of conditional sentence order.

- Breach of probation.

Police said there may be additional charges of unlawful confinement of the children and auto theft.

However, they're still not certain the man they arrested is the same man who took the car with the children inside. Their investigation continues.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in Saskatoon provincial court Tuesday morning.

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