Vehicle stolen with toddler inside

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Creighton RCMP received reports on Tuesday afternoon that a vehicle had been stolen from outside a business on Main Street in Creighton with a three year-old girl in the backseat of the truck.

Members from the Creighton and Flin Flon RCMP Detachments responded immediately and pursued the vehicle.

The pursuit ended just outside of Cranberry Portage, Man. when the stolen vehicle struck a spike belt and rear-ended another vehicle, rendering the suspect’s vehicle inoperable.

The driver got out and fled into the nearby bush.

At this time, officers located the three year-old unharmed in the backseat of the truck. She was then reunited with her mother.

RCMP from Creighton, Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage and The Pas then set up a perimeter in efforts to contain the male.

A police dog from The Pas RCMP Police Dog Service Unit attended the scene and located the driver hiding under a vehicle in an outbuilding.

The suspect was apprehended and sustained what were described as minor injuries from a police dog bite.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been released into RCMP custody in Saskatchewan.

Terrance Charles Nickerson, 42, of Medicine Hat, Alta. was charged with kidnapping without a firearm, theft of a truck, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, resisting a peace officer, abduction of a person under 16, operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police.

He was to make his first court appearance in Creighton Provincial Court Thursday.
Investigators learned that the injuries Nickerson sustained results from the police dog bite and the collision.

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba will be reviewing the incident.