Quesnel resident arrested in stolen vehicle in Prince George

Prince George RCMP arrested a person Sunday suspected of stealing a truck in Quesnel and then evading police a couple times as he drove to Prince George.

Just before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday Quesnel RCMP received a report that a pickup truck had been stolen from the parking lot of a local business.  Quesnel RCMP located the vehicle travelling north towards Prince George on Highway 97.  An attempt was made to stop the vehicle, however the driver fled at a high rate of speed.  In the interest of public safety, officers did not pursue.

Prince George RCMP, with the assistance of the RCMP’s Air 3 helicopter, located the vehicle near Red Rock, approximately 30 kilometres south of Prince George.  After the driver again refused to stop for police, the vehicle was tracked into Prince George. 

Just before 4 p.m., several officers intercepted the vehicle near the southwest end of Massey Drive.  While attempting to evade police, a collision occurred between the stolen vehicle and a marked police car. 

The driver and lone occupant was arrested without further incident.  Alcohol was a factor.  As a precaution, the suspect was transported to hospital to be checked by medical personnel.  No police officers were injured.

A 27-year-old Quesnel resident was held in custody overnight and will appear in provincial court later today.

If you have any information about property related crimes, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.