Suspect leads police on dangerous pursuit; two police vehicles destroyed

Nanaimo, BC – A 28-year-old male is in police custody charged with numerous offences after leading Mounties on a dangerous police pursuit which resulted in two police vehicles being destroyed. The pursuit took place on at approximately 11:40 AM on Saturday May 11th and ended almost 25 minutes later.

The incident began after an officer was called to the 6000 block of Applecross for reports of a female heard yelling for help from inside a van, parked on the side of the road. As the officer approached, a male jumped in to the driver’s seat and drove off at a high rate of speed.

“Our officers were extremely worried for the well-being of the female heard yelling for help. Given that the attending officer wasn’t able to speak with her to determine if she was being assaulted or held against her will, sufficient grounds were established to pursue the vehicle and attempt to stop it,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Over the next 25 minutes the driver sped through stop signs, traffic control devices and on several occasions drove in the opposite direction at high rate of speeds on extremely busy road ways. The chase eventually ended on the Nanaimo Parkway when several police vehicles rammed the suspect vehicle, effectively blocking it in and preventing the driver from continuing to flee.

While the actual pursuit was over, the driver refused to leave the vehicle which resulted in several officers getting into a physical altercation with him. Eventually the male was restrained and taken into police custody. The female was found inside the van unharmed. Until officers could determine her role in the incident, she was arrested and taken into police custody.

The driver was determined to be from Parksville and his 21-year-old female companion was of no fixed address. Officers determined the vehicle, and older model Dodge Camper van, had recently been reported stolen from Parksville and the male was subject to several outstanding arrest warrants. The male was held in custody and after a Bail Hearing, was remanded until Tuesday May 14th where he will be appearing before a Nanaimo Provincial Court Judge. The male has been charged with Flight from Police, Dangerous Driving and Possession of Stolen Property while the female released from custody with no charges pending against her.

File # 2019-17094

Nanaimo RCMP

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