A Chilliwack man was arrested after driving his car through a crowd in Agassiz this past weekend, during the Electric Love Music Festival.
According to RCMP, the incident took place shortly before 1 am on July 27, when Agassiz and Chilliwack RCMP officers responded to several 911 calls reporting the incident.
Upon arrival, police found the crowd and security detained the driver and subsequently turned him over to police.
“The initial investigation found a 31-year-old Chilliwack man and his 29-year-old female passenger had allegedly been asked to leave the festival grounds, they refused and drove toward a crowd of people,” said Agassiz RCMP Sgt. Darren Rennie. “Security personnel and festival goers risked their safety and attempted to stop the vehicle from driving through the crowd.”
Rennie said one witness jumped through a vehicle window in an attempt to grab the keys before falling out of the vehicle.
“The driver eventually lost control and collided with a pole where he was detained,” said Rennie.
The female passenger fled the scene on foot and the driver was found to be in breach of a recognizance of bail and held in custody on the breach charge. He is now also being investigated for impaired driving and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
Police noted a number of other calls throughout the duration of the music festival as well.
In one instance, an intoxicated man left the grounds and trespassed onto private property, where he released cattle from an enclosure, then jumped into a manure pit before being “rescued” by homeowners.
There was also a theft from a vehicle which resulted in the fraudulent use of two bank cards, a sexual assault complaint, and “a mental health crisis, believed to be related to a drug impairment.”