RCMP have charged 11 people under the first violation of the COVID-19 public health act after a vehicle chase in the Meadow Lake area early Friday morning.

Police began pursuing a stolen SUV around 1:30 a.m. in Loon Lake.

Mounties were unable to stop the vehicle as it headed north on grid Road 699 and later headed west on Highway 55.

Officers say occupants began throwing items out of the vehicle and at various times some jumped out of the moving SUV.

Items thrown to the road included a bag with firearms inside.

Police say the vehicle then headed south on another grid road and eventually went off the road into a ditch.

Firearms and narcotics were some of the items recovered from the vehicle according to RCMP.

Aside from breaking the COVID-19 public health act, the 10 men and women and one youth face a number of additional charges including assault of a peace officer with a weapon, flight from a peace officer, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possession of property obtained by crime.

The accused are from Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Big Island Cree Territory, Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation and Lloydminster.

Under Saskatchewan’s newest COVID-19 regulations, no more than 10 people are allowed to gather in one room at the same time.