Police find 2 ounces of crack after lenghty chase with convicted drug trafficker

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Two ounces of crack cocaine was found on a man serving a conditional sentence after he fled from police.

At about 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Waskesiu RCMP attempted a traffic stop on Highway 2 about 25 km north of the Waskesiu Lake turnoff.

The driver refused to stop for the officer and continued driving north.

The officer turned his lights and siren off when the suspect refused to stop. The officer discontinued the pursuit but continued to follow the vehicle from a distance for about 66 km.

The La Ronge detachment assisted, heading south and set up a roadblock at Rabbit Creek.

The suspect turned left on Highway 165, avoiding the roadblock set up a few kilometres north on Highway 2.

A second police car fell in behind the first, and they continued to follow the suspect.

Pinehouse Lake and Beauval Detachments were asked to assist and set up a roadblock on Highway 165, a few kilometres east from the Highway 914 junction.

The following police cars attempted to stop the vehicle again by using lights and sirens, but the vehicle refused to stop as it approached the roadblock. A spike belt was deployed. All four tires deflated and the suspect was arrested without incident.

Two one-ounce bags of crack cocaine were seized from the vehicle. Roderick Gardiner has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, operating of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police and driving while disqualified, as well as breaching several conditions of a conditional sentence order.

That sentence was from a cocaine trafficking conviction on August 30, 2018.

He made a first appearance in court Thursday and was remanded to a second appearance in La Ronge on Feb. 1, 2019.