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Driver in Critical Condition Following High-Speed Chase

September 30, 2014 11:26 AM | News

Winnipeg Police CrestA dangerous high-speed chase through the streets of Winnipeg on Monday night ended with the driver being sent to hospital in critical condition.

A 2000 Dodge Caravan was spotted by police at around 10:45 p.m. driving erratically on southbound Balmoral Street between Cumberland Avenue and Notre Dame Avenue. Police say the minivan narrowly missed side-swiping a marked police cruiser travelling in a northbound direction.

Due to the speed of the vehicle, police utilized Air 1 to keep an eye on the vehicle as patrol units maintained a safe distance.

Police say the minivan sped down westbound Ellice Avenue at Arlington Street when it struck a Plymouth Reliant stopped at a red light. No one was injured, but damage was caused to both vehicles.

As the suspect vehicle continued, he nearly caused a head-on collision with an eastbound vehicle on Empress Street. He eventually stopped once the minivan hit construction equipment in the 1400 block of Ellice Avenue.

The van was deemed inoperable and the driver was taken to hospital in critical condition.

A 48 year-old man is facing numerous charges and police consider alcohol to be a factor.

Video of the incident was captured by Air 1, but won’t be released due to the fact it will likely be used as evidence in court.