Police nab assailant

A high-speed chase through the Marsh Lake area Thursday afternoon ended with the injury of a police officer and the arrest of a local man.

A high-speed chase through the Marsh Lake area Thursday afternoon ended with the injury of a police officer and the arrest of a local man.

RCMP Traffic Services tried to pull over a speeding pickup truck at about 1:20 p.m., but the driver refused to stop.

Officers immediately gave chase, but called off the pursuit after five minutes when high speeds became a public safety concern.

They lost sight of the truck.

A motorist directed officers to Swan Haven Road. Police cruisers blocked the road to contain the truck.

The suspect kept coming despite the roadblock and rammed one of the cruisers, injuring an officer. The suspect was not injured in the collision, but became combative when approached by police.

The suspect was quickly subdued and arrested.

The injured officer was treated in hospital and released the same day.

The suspect, 29-year-old Whitehorse resident Thorin Mullin, is charged with impaired driving, assault with a weapon, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified and mischief to property.

He was also charged with driving while disqualified under the territorial Motor Vehicle Act.

In January 2003, Mullin was sentenced to eight months in prison for impaired driving and breach of probation.

He was prohibited from operating a motor vehicle anywhere in Canada for three years following his release.

The judge referred to Mullin’s “horrendous criminal record” related to the then present charges of impaired driving in his sentencing.

Mullin appeared in court Friday afternoon.

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