WINNIPEG – The number of police pursuits in Winnipeg is way up from previous years.
There were 73 police chases in 2015 – 31 more than the year before.
The number of crashes and injuries stemming from the pursuits is also up.
In a new report to the city’s police board, the service says a spike in the number of stolen vehicles could be one of the reasons why. Police say suspects were driving stolen vehicles in most of the cases.
They also say officers are more proactive at trying to stop suspicious vehicles overnight.
The report says officers followed protocol in the pursuits although two of them did end in fatal shootings which are now being investigated by the province’s police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Unit.