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Updated: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:24:43 GMT | By CBC News,

Stolen-vehicle crashes raise safety concern

Stolen-vehicle crashes raise safety concern

Two collisions involving stolen vehicles Saturday evening have Winnipeg police concerned about dangerous driving by thieves.

"It's one thing when a stolen vehicle is stolen, but it's a completely different thing when stolen vehicles are being operated in an unsafe manner," said Const. Jason Michalyshen. "That puts everybody's safety at risk."

The first collision happened just before 9 p.m. on Higgins Avenue under the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge.

Police said a stolen car rammed into the back of a minivan, causing fuel from the van to spill onto the road. Higgins was closed while a hazardous-materials team cleaned up the wreckage and fuel.

The street has since reopened.

The male behind the wheel of the stolen car suffered injuries and was treated in hospital. His name has not been disclosed, but he was arrested and is still in police custody.

At about 9:30 p.m. another crash, in which a police cruiser collided with a stolen car, was reported.

Plainclothes police in the city's west end had been pursuing a suspected stolen vehicle. A marked cruiser took over the chase and a short time later the cruiser and suspect car collided near Ellice Avenue and Garfield Street.

No one was hurt in that incident. Two 15-year-old boys were arrested.

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