Crown proposes resolution for N.B. woman accused of taking police on 150-km chase

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There may be a resolution in the case against a North Battleford woman and alleged Westside gang member accused of taking police on a 150-kilometre police chase.

Tonia Cantel, 22, is charged in connection to several separate incidents and remains in custody at Pinegrove Correctional Centre for women in Prince Albert after she was denied bail in January 2021. The Crown continues to oppose her release.

Saskatoon defence lawyer Laura Mischuk told Lloydminster Provincial Court on March 9 that the Crown has offered a proposed resolution and she needs time to review that with Cantel.

Cantel and four other suspected gang members allegedly took police on a 150-kilomtre, two-hour chase in November 2020. In that incident she is charged with theft of a vehicle, storing a prohibited firearm, four counts of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a firearm without a license, being in a vehicle with an unauthorized firearm, possessing a prohibited firearm with accessible ammunition without registration, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, endangering the safety of the public and flight from police.

Cantel also has charges out of Big River including aggravated assault, operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, robbery, and possession of property obtained by crime.

The charges against Cantel haven’t been proven in court.

Cantel appears next in Lloydminster Provincial Court March 23.

If you are associated with a gang and want to leave it, contact STR8 UP in northern Saskatchewan at 306-763-3001, STR8 UP in central Saskatchewan at 306-244-1771, or Regina Treaty Status Indian Services in southern Saskatchewan at 306-522-7494 to get assistance.

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