Police charge woman, girl after 25 kilometre Fort Vermilion car chase

A 22 year old woman and a 15 year old girl have been charged with impaired driving, using a vehicle as a weapon and fleeing police during a 25 km car chase in Fort Vermilion on Sunday.

At around 4 p.m., police received a complaint about an impaired driver and located the suspect vehicle at the intersection of highways 58 and 88. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, it drove off.

Police eventually used a tire deflation device to stop the vehicle.

While police approached, the driver tried to reverse at one of the officers. Police conducted a "high risk take down," which involved drawing their weapons and forcibly removing the three occupants after smashing the vehicle?s windows.

During the car chase, the 22 year old and 15 year old traded places, both taking turns behind the wheel. The third occupant was a 33 year old male. He was in the back seat and did not drive. He was not charged.

Both drivers provided breath samples and were two to three times over the legal limit. Police later determined the vehicle had been taken without the owner's consent.

Ashley Metsikassus, 22, and a 15 year old female, both from John d'Or Prairie, were scheduled to appear in Fort Vermilion provincial court Tuesday.

Both have been also been charged with assault with a weapon, taking a vehicle without consent, and various offences under the Traffic Safety Act.