Arrest near Maidstone; firearms, cocaine charges

A man has been arrested following an extensive police chase and search near Cut Knife.

As a result, 26-year-old Nakota Pooyak, 26, from Sweetgrass First Nation is charged with:

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Possession of a firearm with a tampered serial number, eight counts possession of weapons/ammo contrary to an order, resisting arrest, five counts of failure to comply with an undertaking, trespassing at night, two counts of common nuisance, two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of flight from peace officer, two counts of operation while prohibited, possession of property obtained by crime less than $5000, three counts of failure to comply with a probation order, three counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, three counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, three counts of carrying a concealed weapon, three counts of possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized, three counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition in a motor vehicle, three counts of possession of a prohibited firearm without a licence, three counts of possession of a weapon obtained by crime, and possession of cocaine.

According to police, on Aug. 30 Saskatchewan RCMP Roving Traffic Unit attempted to stop a vehicle speeding on Highway 16 near Maidstone. The vehicle fled from officers and then proceeded to drive into oncoming traffic. Out of care for public safety, officers terminated the pursuit.

Soon after, the vehicle was located by police near Cut Knife. Police say the vehicle fled from officers from Cut Knife Detachment when they attempted to get the driver to stop. Two spike belts were deployed, after which the suspect fled on foot.

Lloydminster Police Dog Services were called to assist, and Pooyak was located on the roof of a residence and taken into custody without further incident. A vehicle search by officers turned up three prohibited firearms and some ammunition, and a small amount of cocaine was also found.

Pooyak has been remanded in custody and made his first court appearance on Sept. 3, in St. Walburg Provincial Court.

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