Someone stole a firetruck in Winnipeg and the videos are wild
The driver of a stolen fire truck has been taken into custody after a wild police chase around Winnipeg earlier today, according to CTV News.
Police told CTV the theft was initially reported in the area of Henderson Highway and Bronx Avenue.
According to Global News, the driver crashed into another vehicle, knocked over a hydro pole and then headed for downtown while being chased by police and firefighters.
Police spokesperson Rob Carver told Global the driver turned onto the grass of a downtown park at one point, indicating that he likely intended to hit pedestrians.
Thankfully, no one was hit.
In an attempt to stop the carjacker, police used two spike belts to deflate the truck's tires. But in true Grand Theft Auto fashion, the driver continued on nonetheless.
Today took a real unexpected turn — Police zapped a man with a stun gun and took him into custody Friday after a suspect stole a fire truck and drove it, lights flashing and horn blaring, through downtown Winnipeg. https://t.co/gSwp3P2G3N pic.twitter.com/VpgMRux2D2— Kelly Geraldine Malone (@KellyGerMalone) November 29, 2019
Police eventually caught up to the driver when the truck broke down, and officers had to use Tasers in order to take him into custody.
Winnipeg residents who witnessed the police chase quickly took the social media to recount what they saw.
There is a stolen fire truck ripping around #Winnipeg and being chased by police.— Rick Ralph (@RickRalphTSN) November 29, 2019
The stolen fire truck underwent some fairly serious damage according to one witness.
Just pulled over for a pretty banged up firetruck headed the wrong direction on a one way downtown in #winnipeg. It was being perused/escorted(?) by at least 6 police vehicles. 😳— Nicole Murdock (@nicolemurdock_) November 29, 2019
And another even saw the truck hit the other vehicle before driving off.
Craziest thing I’ve seen on the road in Winnipeg. A guy on Henderson Hwy got smoked by a fire truck into a power line which fell. And the fire truck kept going. I stopped to check on him. The guy was on the phone with the cops and it was apparently a stolen fire truck. Wild.— Dave Minuk (@ICdave) November 29, 2019
One social media user said he actually saw the vehicle crash into a bollard.
Alley behind portage place - firetruck in question hits a bollard - breaks it off, hose falls off, pieces of the truck fall off ...cops right behind. "Come on down to Winnipeg "— Jay-Z (@jazip) November 29, 2019
In his interview with Global, Carver emphasized how lucky it is that no one was hurt during this high-risk incident.
"I just can’t under estimate the threat that this would have been," he said.
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