ROLEAU, Sask. – The backdrop for the former television show and soon-to-be movie “Corner Gas” has played a role in the long-range police pursuit of a vehicle across southern Saskatchewan.

Weyburn city police tried Saturday to stop a pickup truck reported stolen from Calgary and tagged with a stolen Manitoba licence plate, but both city and RCMP officers gave up the chase because of potentially dangerous speeds.

Mounties say the truck later hit a recreational vehicle near Milestone and another driver reported seeing the pickup being driven erratically near Wilcox as it was heading west.

By this point, Regina police and the RCMP in a number of smaller communities had been alerted to the fleeing driver and officers in Moose Jaw were set to deploy a spike belt if the truck was sighted.

After an extensive search of a highway and several side roads, the pickup was found abandoned next to the “The Ruby” cafe at the Corner Gas set in Roleau (ROH’-loh), where a 27-year-old woman from Okotoks, Alta., was arrested nearby.

Stephanie Martens was to appear in a Regina courtroom on charges that include impaired driving and flight from police.