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Preteen girls in stolen pickup flee from police, endanger other motorists

Two girls, aged 11 and 12, were arrested on Station Road after the stolen truck they were in got stuck in the snow for the third time.
A pickup stolen from a Thompson resident’s driveway on March 7 hit another vehicle, nearly ran into others while the driver fled from police and got stuck three times before RCMP located it again and arrested two girls, aged 11 and 12, on Station Road.

Thompson RCMP officers arrested two girls, aged 11 and 12, on the afternoon of March 7 in a stolen pickup truck that had sideswiped one vehicle, nearly collided with others and got stuck three times.

Police were notified that a vehicle left running in a driveway had been stolen just before 1 p.m. The vehicle got stuck in a snowbank for the first time at Waterloo Avenue and Brandon Crescent. Another driver stopped to assist and the driver of the stolen vehicle got out of the snowbank and sideswiped the other vehicle, slightly injuring one passenger.

Numerous people reported an erratic driver to police, who were notified of a truck matching the description of the stolen one stuck on the shoulder of Highway 6. The driver got the vehicle unstuck and resumed driving erratically towards Thompson.

An RCMP officer located the vehicle and tried to pull it over but the driver didn’t stop and fled at high speed, almost colliding with other vehicles on the road. The officer ended the pursuit because the way the stolen truck was being driven was endangering public safety.

Officers continued to patrol and found the pickup stuck in the snow on Station Road. The two girls inside were arrested without incident.

The 11-year-old can not be charged because she is too young. The 12-year-old is charged with dangerous driving, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, car theft, possession of property obtained by crime and flight from police.

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