A 23-year-old Estevan man faces a half dozen Criminal Code charges after police say he stole a cab at knifepoint and fled from police in the early-morning hours Sunday.

The Estevan Police Service reported that they were notified of an armed robbery around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. A suspect had hired a local taxi company and eventually forced the driver from the vehicle at knifepoint.

EPS Sgt. Tyler McMillen said they located the suspect driving westbound on Highway 39.

"Some coordination took place, and with the assistance of the RCMP and Weyburn Police Service, the vehicle was disabled using tire-deflation devices," McMillen said. "The subject fled on foot. The identity of the accused was determined through investigative means, and eventually, around 4:30 a.m. he was taken into custody."

Riley Mills-Miller has been charged with the following offences:

  • Steal a motor vehicle with an offensive weapon contrary to Section 344(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.
  • In committing an assault,  threaten to use a weapon contrary to Section 267(a) of the Criminal Code.
  • While being pursued by police fail to stop contrary to Section 320.17 of the Criminal Code.
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle contrary to Section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code.
  • Did have in his possession a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace contrary to Section 88 of the Criminal Code.
  • While bound by a Probation Order did fail to keep the peace contrary to Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code.

The taxi driver was not physically injured.

"In the end, it all worked out good," said McMillen. "It just takes a little bit of time [to] try to do it as safe as we can, and not even put the suspect into any more harm than we have to."

Mills-Miller was remanded into custody and has a court appearance Monday morning.