Prince Albert Police Service officers nabbed a national fugitive on Thursday night, but it certainly wasn’t easy.
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The Prince Albert Police Service apprehended a fugitive with a Canada-wide warrant for parole violations on Thursday night following a lengthy chase.
After a business located on Highway 2 south called police at 8:15 p.m. for a complaint of an eviction, officers encountered a man who fled on foot as soon as they asked him who he was.
“We had a complaint that there was people partying and using drugs in (a) room,” Sgt. Curtis Halcro said on Friday afternoon.
“He exited the room as the boys were walking towards the room … They asked him who he was and immediately took off running, fleeing the scene.”
The officers recognized the man from a Correctional Service of Canada bulletin as 41-year-old Robert Bailey, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for a parole violation.
“I think it was Oct. 1 we got that,” Halcro said. “And the boys recognized him from past dealings: ‘Hey, that’s Bailey!’”
As soon as Bailey started running, the officers took pursuit in a convoluted chase that led out into the parking lot, around the corner, up a hill and back into the building to the room where they first saw him.
A physical altercation then took place. One officer was injured in the resulting melee, which allowed Bailey to escape once more.
“He got out of the grasp of our fine constable and made a run for his vehicle then that he had out in the parking lot … Then the criminal pursuit started,” Halcro said.
Bailey entered his vehicle and a chase ensued on Highway 2 to Highway 11, and then into the rural areas around McDowall and Duck Lake.
It was at this point that the RCMP entered the picture.
“We contacted them and advised them what we had on the go,” Halcro said.
The Mounties were able to bring the high-speed chase to an end when they deployed tire deflation devices (commonly known as spiked belts) across the path of Bailey’s vehicle.
Any time we’re involved in a criminal pursuit, that’s very serious in nature. Sgt. Curtis Halcro
Bailey then abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bush on foot.
The Prince Albert Police K-9 Unit followed Bailey into the bush area until the dog successfully caught him.
“They tracked him about 300 metres into the bush and he was successfully apprehended with the assistance of the K-9 hound dog there,” Halcro said.
Offering some advice to potential suspects, he suggested, “Don’t try and outrun a German shepherd police dog. I’ll tell you that right now, because you ain’t gonna win.”
Bailey is now facing additional Criminal Code charges of assaulting a police officer with the intent to resist arrest, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, resisting arrest and possession of cocaine.
Remarking on the episode, Halcro noted, “The situation was quite serious. Any time we’re involved in a criminal pursuit, that’s very serious in nature and the possibility for things to go wrong is very true (when) you’re chasing a vehicle at fairly high rates of speed. Anything can happen.”
“We were very fortunate that things worked out this time and there were no damages and one minor injury to one of our officers,” he added.
Bailey was set to return to Saskatchewan Penitentiary after making an appearance in Prince Albert Provincial Court on Friday morning.
The officer involved in the altercation did not require treatment for his injuries.