News

Police use spike belt to slow suspect on Island Highway

Oceanside RCMP deployed a spike belt early Wednesday morning to catch a suspected thief who led them on a chase in the region.

Police say they were called at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday by a man who said he witnessed a theft in progress in the Parksville Industrial Park. Police say the suspect was confronted by the complainant, who yelled at him to stop and he quickly fled the area, Southbound on Highway 19A, in a white pickup truck.

Nanaimo RCMP were notified of the event and located the vehicle in North Nanaimo. The vehicle was confirmed stolen and members of the Nanaimo RCMP followed the vehicle (now turned and travelling north) back towards Parksville.

Members of the Oceanside RCMP say they deployed a spike belt on Highway 19 at the Northwest Bay Logging Road. The vehicle continued to drive north on the highway at a relatively slow speed due to loss of tire inflation.

RCMP members from both Oceanside and Nanaimo continued following the stolen truck until it lost control and drove into the grass median near Cook Creek. The driver and passenger, both from the Oceanside area, were arrested at the scene without incident.

The driver, a 44 year old man from Bowser is facing several charges including possession of stolen property, and cause pursuit. The driver was scheduled to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court Wednesday afternoon.

— NEWS Staff/RCMP news release

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Sending soccer to Haiti
 
Whalers’ Laplante leading province
 
Young Generals await year-end tournament
One last holdup on B.C. railway tracks
 
Royals top Cougars, extend win streak to five
 
Oak Bay Breakers win Island basketball championship, wrap of weekend’s city and Island hoops tourneys
Sooke players played like giants in Spartan’s game against Outlaws
 
EMCS Girls’ ruby team is on a winning streak
 
Bulldogs add new faces

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 21 edition online now. Browse the archives.