A 27-year-old woman from Okotoks, Alta., is facing a number of driving charges after allegedly ditching a stolen vehicle in Rouleau, Sask., near the Corner Gas movie set.
The chase started in Weyburn around 10 a.m. CST when police tried to stop a 2014 Dodge ram truck with Manitoba license plates that had been stolen from Calgary. However the vehicle fled north on Highway 39 towards Milestone.
Police rely on public in pursuit
RCMP Sergeant Paul Dawson said police received a number of emergency calls from drivers on that patch of highway warning of an erratic driver. The vehicle was moving so fast Weyburn police and local RCMP had to end their chase.
"What really helped us out was the public advising us where this motorist was so that we could deploy our police officers that were ahead of where the vehicle was last seen," Dawson explained.
Soon after, the driver of an RV reported their vehicle had been struck by the stolen truck near Milestone and both vehicles had been damaged.
At this point, the vehicle was continuing North on Highway 39. Moose Jaw police were notified and stationed themselves near Drinkwater where they were getting ready to set out a spike belt. That is when a call came in from a driver reporting the vehicle was heading west near Wilcox.
Stolen vehicle found on movie set
Police focused their search on that stretch of the highway and then moved on to grid roads in the area. They found the vehicle abandoned next to "The Ruby"—the well-known cafe in the television series— on the Corner Gas set in Rouleau. The front windshield of the vehicle was cracked and both side mirrors were no missing.
"It was probably the worst spot to leave that vehicle," Dawson said, "because there were so many people there because of the festivities that were occurring over the weekend."
That morning, the Corner Gas movie crew was preparing to celebrate the wrap-up of the film in Rouleau with 'Dog River Days'.
"It was a bit of excitement when they see three or four police cars show up there and then as we were speaking to them and telling them what was going on. I think they were putting two and two together and were able to determine that police were looking for this person," said Dawson.
Dawson said there were about a dozen people on set at the time. They provided police with information that led officers a short distance away to where they found the woman and arrested her.
The vehicle was towed from the movie set into Regina where it was examined.
The Alberta woman is facing charges of impaired and dangerous driving, possession of stolen property and evading police.
She has been remanded in custody and will appear in court in Regina Monday morning.