A 28-year-old male has been taken into custody after a high-speed chase that took place in Nanaimo, BC.
The incident took place on Saturday, May 11 at approximately 11:40 am and lasted for nearly 25 minutes.
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Police officers received reports of a woman yelling for help from the inside of a parked van at the 6000 block of Applecross. As officers arrived and drew closer to the van, a man jumped into the driver’s seat and quickly drove off.
“Our officers were extremely worried for the well-being of the female,” says Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. “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.”
A pursuit began, involving the van and eight involved police cars. Three of the police cars tailed the vehicle at high speeds while the other five blocked off intersections and worked to minimize harm to the public.
According to O’Brien, the suspect drove through stop signs, red lights, and reached speeds of up to 100 km/h on “extremely busy roadways.”
The chase finally ended when the three police cars rammed into the suspect vehicle and boxed it in.
The suspect continued to evade arrest, however, and ended up attempting to fight several officers.
He was finally restrained and taken into police custody.
Two of the police cars sustained heavy damage and at least one of them will likely be written off.
The female inside the van was found unharmed and was also taken into police custody as officers were unable to determine her role in the incident.
Fortunately, there were no injuries to any police officers or any members of the public.
The suspect was later determined to be from Parksville — the female in the vehicle, was 21-years-old and of no fixed address.
Police also discovered that the van had been reported as stolen and that the male was subject to several outstanding arrest warrants.
He’s been charged with Flight from Police, Dangerous Driving, and Possession of Stolen Property.