In the early morning hours of December 28th, a 2009 Dodge Ram was reported to have been stolen from the Copper Ridge area of Whitehorse.
Over the course of the following day, several attempts were made by police to stop the truck in the Whitehorse area. In all instances, the driver either failed to stop, or fled from police.
On December 29th around 1:15 p.m, a suspicious vehicle matching the description of the stolen truck was reportedly seen in the Lobird neighbourhood of Whitehorse.
Shortly after, police observed the truck travelling Southbound on the Alaska Highway.
Two RCMP vehicles were dispatched to respond to the incident, one from Whitehorse and one from Carcross.
The police plane was also in the air at the time, headed for Watson Lake. The pilot flew over the area, located the vehicle, and monitored its direction of travel for officers on the ground.
A short time later, a spike belt was deployed by Carcross RCMP on the Atlin Road in an effort to stop the vehicle. The vehicle came to an eventual stop, and two males were taken into custody.
The 16-year-old male driver is facing a number of charges, including possession of stolen property, dangerous driving, flight from police and breach of conditions.
The 18-year-old male passenger is also facing charges for possession of stolen property.
The police response to this incident was a combined effort from Whitehorse, Carcross and Atlin RCMP detachments, Yukon RCMP Air Services as well as RCMP telecommunications. All parties came together to bring this incident to a safe conclusion. The RCMP would also like to thank the community for the many tips that were called in on the stolen vehicle.
Both individuals have been released on undertakings with conditions.