Stolen Regina taxi driven into business, Cornwall Centre

Stolen Regina taxi driven into business, Cornwall Centre

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Chasing a stolen taxi that drove into two businesses and eventually the Cornwall Centre mall kept Regina police busy on Saturday.

Regina Police Service (RPS) said in a news release that the Regina Co-Op taxi was reported stolen around 2:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of Angus Street. Officers found the taxi soon after but the driver evaded police.

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PRS said that just after 3 a.m., the taxi was rammed into the front doors of a Shoppers Drug Mart in the 2200 block of Broad Street and officers were about to approach it, believing it to be immobilized, but the driver began moving again.

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Shoppers on Broad
A Shoppers Drug Mart on Broad St in Regina, Saskatchewan was damaged after a stolen taxi was driven into it in the early hours of Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023. Photo by Trillian Reynoldson /Regina Leader-Post

Police then watched the taxi being driven at a slow speed and attempted to get into a position to use a spike belt to immobilize it, they said.

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Debris lies on the ground in Hamilton St on Saturday. Photo by Trillian Reynoldson /Regina Leader-Post

Just after 3:15 a.m. the taxi was driven through the front of a business in the 1800 block of Hamilton Street and then continued north on Hamilton Street with significant damage before turning west onto 11th Avenue, where it was then driven through the south entrance doors of the Cornwall Centre.

The taxi was then driven into the main level of the Cornwall Centre before stopping. Believing it to be immobilized, police approached the taxi but it was then driven through the north entrance of the mall near Saskatchewan Drive, where it became stuck on the stairs.

A 32-year-old Regina woman is facing a number of charges from the incident including robbery, evading police, dangerous driving, four counts of mischief over $5000 and impaired driving. She was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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A damaged entrance to Cornwall Centre in Regina on Saturday. Photo by Trillian Reynoldson /Regina Leader-Post

CORRECTION: Police on Saturday said the woman arrested was aged 31. She was aged 32, according to police on Sunday.

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