A spike belt was used in attempt to stop a stolen vehicle near Williams Lake Friday. However, it wasn’t until the stolen vehicle hit a police vehicle that it eventually came to a stop.
The incident started shortly after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon when a police dog services officer from Prince George saw a vehicle driving erratically along Highway 97. Police determined that the vehicle, a Ford F350 pickup was stolen from Prince George and that the Alberta plates on the truck were also reported stolen.
Williams Lake RCMP, general duty and traffic services, assisted the Prince George officer’s attempts to stop the vehicle. Road blocks were set up at two locations with a spike belt deployed at each roadblock. The suspect driver failed to stop at both roadblocks however the spike belt deployments were successful at both locations, deflating all four tires.
Contact was made between the suspect vehicle and the police dog service vehicle which completely stopped the suspect vehicle. All three occupants fled the scene on foot but were quickly apprehended. All three, who are known to police, remain in police custody. There were no reported injuries.
“The RCMP would like to thank the public, who stayed away from the scene at the time of the incident given it was very dynamic involving these offenders who demonstrated a complete disregard for safety,” said Insp. J.L. Pelley, officer in charge at the Williams Lake detachment. “If any member of the public has obtained video of the apprehension of these offenders, it is requested they contact Cpl. Black of the R.C.M.P. at 250-392-6211.”
Investigators will be working with the BC Prosecution Service and pursuing charges in connection with this matter.