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Woman arrested for stealing cab, striking Thompson RCMP vehicle

An impaired driver fled from police twice and hit their vehicle with a taxi she stole from outside a business on Jan. 24.
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An impaired driver fled from Thompson RCMP twice in a stolen taxi on Jan. 24, hitting a police vehicle during one attempted traffic stop.

A woman faces multiple charges after a police vehicle was struck by a stolen taxi she was driving as she tried to evade arrest in Thompson Jan. 24.

An RCMP officer on patrol was flagged down just before 11 p.m. Tuesday by a cab driver whose vehicle had been stolen from outside a business on Thompson Drive South.

Officers saw the vehicle on Thompson Drive and initiated a traffic stop but the driver refused to stop and drove away. Police then located the vehicle on Red River Drive, where it stuck their vehicle twice before fleeing once again. No police were injured when the stolen car hit the RCMP vehicle.

A video showing the police car getting hit was posted on social media.

The vehicle was found on Stanford Bay and the suspected driver located in a nearby residence and arrested. The woman showed evidence of alcohol impairment and was taken to the Thompson RCMP detachment where she provided breath samples that were more than double the legal amount of blood alcohol content while driving.

A 24-year-old woman from Bunibonibee Cree Nation is charged with fleeing from police, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, vehicle theft, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, impaired driving and mischief.

Thompson RCMP continue to investigate.

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