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During the month of September 2003, Snow Lake's RCMP were required to deal with a pair of serious highway matters within their jurisdiction. The first occurred at about 5:30 a.m. on September 20, when the detachment received the complaint of a single vehicle, injury accident, which had occurred near the junction of PR392 and the Osborne Lake Road. An officer attended the scene and located two adult females who had been occupants of the vehicle, at a nearby residence. Both women were injured, but conscious and were transported by ambulance to the Snow Lake Health Unit. Spokesperson for the detachment, Corporal Bob MacKnight, advised that an examination of the accident scene determined that the vehicle had been traveling north on PR392 when it hit the gravel shoulder and the driver lost control. "The vehicle spun around and traveled across the highway, backwards, into the opposite ditch," said the Corporal. "It rolled once, prior to coming to rest in an upright position." Further investigation by the detachment revealed that the vehicle's occupants were able to extricate themselves and walk to the nearest residence. The officer noted that the driver indicated that the accident had resulted from her attempt to avoid collision with an animal. The accident is under investigation. The second matter occurred at 9:00 a.m., on September 24, when Snow Lake RCMP were advised of a high speed pursuit, which was occurring on PTH10, north of The Pas. "Snow Lake personnel were requested to provide assistance," said Corporal MacKnight. "However, shortly thereafter we were further advised that the pursuit had been successfully concluded, with the use of a spike belt, and that the suspect driver was in custody." It was later determined that the suspect was from Cross Lake, Manitoba and that the vehicle belonged to a resident of Snow Lake. "Subsequently, it was confirmed that the vehicle involved in the pursuit had been stolen from the New Britannia Mine parking lot," said MacKnight. "The ignition key had been left in it," he added. The Corporal also noted that previous to the Snow Lake vehicle being stolen, a vehicle stolen from Cross Lake had been abandoned in the same parking lot. Both vehicles were later reclaimed by their owners. MacKnight stated that this pursuit was initiated as the result of an attempt by the driver of the stolen vehicle to avoid a Seat Belt Check Stop. "The accused has been charged with theft over $5,000 and several driving offences," the Corporal said.