This morning, a man in his 20s was arrested in the Vancouver Westside after he allegedly drove across the Canada-US border without stopping.
According to a release, Surrey RCMP notified Vancouver Police Department (VPD) at approximately 8:20 am that a man driving a blue pick-up truck with Oregon license plates had just driven through the border without stopping and was speeding towards Vancouver.
Several minutes later, VPD officers located the truck in the area of West 16th Avenue and Oak Street, and they attempted to pull the vehicle over using lights and sirens.
However, the driver did not stop and continued towards the Vancouver Westside with police in pursuit.
The chase ended at West 10th Avenue near Alma Street in Point Grey, just before 8:30 am, when the truck collided into a Mazda sedan. The storefront of Rufus Drum Shop was also damaged.
The truck driver was arrested and taken to jail. A 32-year-old Vancouver man, the driver of the Mazda, incurred minor injuries.
“The radio equipment used by first responders across the Lower Mainland allows them to talk to each other during emergencies. Efficient communication between agencies led to the swift arrest of this man who made unauthorized entry into Canada,” said VPD Constable Jason Doucette in a statement.
“Investigators are now working with our partnering agencies to determine who this man is and why he ran the border.”
Charges related to dangerous driving and causing a police pursuit will be recommended against the man. Additional charges are anticipated as the investigation continues.
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