Police helicopter helps apprehend man

A 21-year-old Saskatchewan man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a hot pursuit early Sunday morning.

A 21-year-old Saskatchewan man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a hot pursuit early Sunday morning.

Blackfalds RCMP pulled over a suspicious pickup truck around 1 a.m. as it was turning off of Aspelund Road onto Hwy 2 southbound. The truck pulled over to the side of the road, then suddenly took off again. RCMP pursued the vehicle with the help of an Edmonton-based RCMP helicopter that was on patrol in the area.

The truck shut off its lights, travelled across the ditch in order to change directions and headed north on Hwy 2.

The truck then rammed a police vehicle that was attempting to block its path when it turned onto Range Road 275 and continued on, returning to Hwy 2 northbound.

The truck turned onto Hwy 12 towards Rimbey and rammed a second police vehicle out of the way. It later turned onto a trail, running off of the road and into a small body of water.

With the help of the helicopter, police located the lone male suspect and took him into custody.

The incident took just under an hour, said Sgt. Ken Morrison with the Blackfalds RCMP detachment.

No one was injured during the pursuit but two police cars were damaged.

Zachary Finch of Porcupine Plain has been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, flight from police, dangerous driving, two counts of undertaking and three counts of mischief.

He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday and remains in custody, Morrison said.

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