Biggar man allegedly escapes custody, points firearm, uses vehicle as weapon

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A man is facing 19 charges after allegedly getting out of his handcuffs before fleeing from the Biggar RCMP detachment, pointing a firearm at someone, and using a vehicle as a weapon against three other people.

Jordy Leschinski, 20, was arraigned in North Battleford Provincial Court April 20 and the Crown opposed his release.

The Crown is proceeding by indictment rather than summary conviction, which is the more serious offence and means the potential of more jail time if convicted.

The court heard today that after being arrested on April 18, Leschinski allegedly got out of his handcuffs, escaped from the Biggar RCMP detachment and fled to the hospital.

Leschinski is charged with escaping from lawful custody, pointing a firearm at an individual, theft of a Winchester, possession of a Winchester without a license, having a loaded weapon in the back seat of his vehicle, having a weapon dangerous to the public, being in a vehicle knowing there was a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing it was obtained under an offence, possession of a firearm dangerous to the public, handling a firearm in a careless manner, theft of a vehicle, three counts of assault with a weapon (a motor vehicle), driving dangerous to the public, two counts of failing to comply with a no contact order, failing to keep the peace, and failing to comply with an order not to possess firearms and ammunition.

Legal aide lawyer Andrew Lyster consented to remand while he gets further disclosure from the Crown.

A show cause hearing is scheduled for April 22 in North Battleford Provincial Court to determine if Leschinski will be released on bail.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist