Police chase, firearms land 22-year-old behind bars

By Taylor MacPherson
September 13, 2017 - 2:00pm

A 22-year-old man who led Prince Albert police on a high-speed chase in a truck packed with illegal weapons was handed a two-year jail sentence this morning.

Roderick Neil Dreaver, of Big River, pleaded guilty to several charges this morning in relation to a dangerous police chase which occurred in the early-morning hours of Aug. 16. Crown Prosecutor John Morrall said the chase began when a licence plate check on a white pickup truck revealed the vehicle was stolen. The officer tried to perform a traffic stop, but Dreaver and his female passenger took off and reached speeds of 150 km/h inside the city.

Police used a spike belt to puncture the vehicle’s front tires, Morrall said, but Dreaver continued to flee at speeds of 140 km/h before losing control and careening into the bush a short distance north of the city. Morrall said both Dreaver and his passenger fled the vehicle after crashing. The pair were found by a police K9 unit lying in the grass nearby, he said, but not before the female suspect sustained a bite on her hip.

Inside the truck, Morrall said officers found a sawed-off 12-gague Winchester shotgun along with a loose shotgun shell, a .357 magnum Colt revolver, a knife and a set of handcuffs.

This morning Dreaver pleaded guilty to several criminal charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of property obtained by crime. He was sentenced to spend two years less a day in custody as part of an agreement between the Crown and defence. Dreaver’s incarceration will be followed by a three-year driving prohibition, and he was also permanently banned from owning firearms or ammunition.

Judge Tim White cautioned the young man against further criminal behaviour and encouraged Dreaver to use his time in the correctional centre to continue his education.

“You can have a future that’s bright, but you must not get into this kind of trouble,” White said.

 

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