Stolen van recovered, man arrested after chase

Police have one suspect in custody following a report of a stolen vehicle on Friday afternoon.

RCMP got the call just after 3 p.m. that a 1999 Ford E250 van that had just been stolen from a residence on Babine Crescent. It was also reported that the owner of the vehicle had been injured while attempting to stop the suspect.

Several police units responded to the call including General Duty, the Prince George RCMP Street Crew, and Police Dog Services.

The owner of the van sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries and was subsequently transported to hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The vehicle was located approximately 20 minutes later, driving on Highway 16 West near Kimball Rd. When officers activated emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the van, the driver accelerated at a high rate of speed in order to evade police, according to police. The vehicle entered the Blue Spruce Trailer Park, where it subsequently collided with two metal gates and a police vehicle.

The van eventually came to a stop after hitting a group of trees. The suspect fled the vehicle on foot, but was quickly apprehended by the police dog services team and a member of the street crew.

A 31-year-old Prince George man was held in custody and is facing several charges following the incident.

If you have any information about this or any other criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword “pgtips”.  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.