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Saskatchewan’s dragnet for speeding truck thief converges on Corner Gas set

The exterior of the former Corner Gas set is shown in Rouleau, Sask., on July 9, 2009.

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The backdrop for the former television show and soon-to-be movie Corner Gas has played a role in the long-range police pursuit of a vehicle across southern Saskatchewan.

Weyburn city police tried Saturday to stop a pickup truck reported stolen from Calgary and tagged with a stolen Manitoba licence plate, but both city and RCMP officers gave up the chase because of potentially dangerous speeds.

Mounties say the truck later hit a recreational vehicle near Milestone and another driver reported seeing the pickup being driven erratically near Wilcox as it was heading west.

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By this point, Regina police and the RCMP in a number of smaller communities had been alerted to the fleeing driver and officers in Moose Jaw were set to deploy a spike belt if the truck was sighted.

After an extensive search of a highway and several side roads, the pickup was found abandoned next to the The Ruby cafe at the Corner Gas set in Rouleau, where a 27-year-old woman from Okotoks, Alta., was arrested nearby.

Stephanie Martens was to appear in a Regina courtroom on charges that include impaired driving and flight from police.

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