Car allegedly forced off road by 15 motorcycles in Highway 1 swarming incident

Jun 4 2019, 4:43 pm

One man has been arrested after what police describe as a “swarming” incident on Highway 1 in West Vancouver, recently.

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According to West Vancouver Police (WVPD) officers responded to “multiple” 911 calls about an “altercation between the driver of a vehicle and a large group of motorcycles.”

Witnesses told police that around 7:10 pm on May 30, group of approximately 15 motorcycles had surrounded a vehicle in the westbound lane on Highway 1 near the Caulfield exit, before they allegedly “boxed the vehicle in and forced it to the side of the highway by slowing down.”

Once the vehicle had come to a complete stop, one of the motorcyclists allegedly got off his bike, walked to the driver’s door, pulled the driver out of the vehicle, and began threatening him, police said.

WVPD officers “quickly” attended the scene, but the group of motorcycles had already left and were last seen heading north on Highway 99.

Suspect descriptions were broadcast to the Squamish RCMP who located and stopped a group of suspects near Highwaywy 99 and Valley Drive, in Squamish, police said. WVPD officers attended and arrested one suspect. He was later released at WVPD headquarters, with possible criminal charges pending.

“This was not only a very frightening incident for the victim, but also an extremely dangerous maneuver by the motorcyclists,” said WVPD Const. Kevin Goodmurphy. “We would like to express our appreciation to the members of the public who called 911 to report the incident and provided essential suspect descriptions.”

Goodmurphy also thanked the Squamish RCMP “who quickly located the suspects.”

Now, anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call West Vancouver Police at 604-925-7300, and quote police file number 19-6135.

Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leaving a tip online.