An overnight investigation into a stolen truck led to a series of events culminating in the arrest of a 36 year-old Regina male and several criminal and drug-related charges.
Just before 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, Regina Police Service officers found what they believed to be a stolen, Dodge Ram truck in the area of Princess Street and Dewdney Avenue. The officers requested a check of the license plate, which confirmed the truck was stolen. The officers activated their emergency lights and approached the truck in the 3900 block of Dewdney Avenue, but the driver evaded police. The stolen Dodge Ram truck was seen by other units, disobeying several red lights. A spike belt was deployed, but the truck continued to drive on flat tires until it came to a stop in the 1100 block of Aberdeen Street. The driver fled the vehicle on foot and was apprehended by a Police Service Dog of the Canine Unit. A search of the driver produced fentanyl, methamphetamine, an airsoft gun, currency and paraphernalia associated to drug trafficking. The male driver was charged.
Thirty-six year-old Nam Thanh NGUYEN, of Regina, is charged with:
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance (fentanyl) for the Purpose of Trafficking, s. 5(2) CDSA:
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance (methamphetamine) for the Purpose of Trafficking, s. 5(2) CDSA;
- Possession of Stolen Property (truck) over $5,000, s. 355(a) CC;
- Possession of Proceeds of Crime under $5,000, s. 355(b) CC
- Flight from Peace Officer, s. 320.17 CC;
- Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, s. 320.13(1) CC; and
- Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace, s. 88 CC.
NGUYEN made his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.