Saskatoon police officer sustains needle poke injury during vehicle search


Saskatoon Police
Gord Waldner / Saskatoon Star Phoenix

A Saskatoon police officer sustained a needle poke injury during the search of a stolen vehicle on Saturday evening.

The used needle was left uncapped in the vehicle and the officer was treated at a hospital. He will require further medical treatment for his injury, Saskatoon police said in a media release.

The incident happened after 8:25 p.m., when a patrol officer spotted the stolen vehicle near 20th Street and Avenue N. Police did not initiate a pursuit for public safety reasons, police said in the release.

The officer saw the vehicle parked in the 500 block of Avenue J South a few minutes later, and the occupants fled the vehicle on foot. A woman was taken into custody after a short pursuit on foot.

Police took a man into custody after a K9 track, during which the man sustained a minor dog bite injury. The man was assessed at the scene and no further treatment was necessary, police said in the release.

The officer searching the vehicle found bear spray and a shotgun, and was then injured by the uncapped needle, according to the release.

A 42-year-old man and a 18-year-old woman face more than 20 criminal charges including weapons and firearms-related charges, obstruction and possession of stolen property. The man was also arrested on outstanding criminal warrants.

The two are expected to appear in front of a Justice of the Peace on Sunday.


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