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Distraught man arrested following carjacking and police chase in Vanderhoof

A man is in custody following carjacking and police chase in Vanderhoof Tuesday.

Vanderhoof RCMP were called out at about 6:30 p.m. to a report of a distraught man who had severely damaged a residence in the community and fled the home in a vehicle. There was concern for his well-being and officers immediately began to search for him.

Police located the 27-year-old Vanderhoof man travelling south on Highway 27 and try to stop him. The man did not stop after a short police pursuit so officers successfully deployed a spike belt. The man kept driving, coming to a stop at a local gas station, west of Vanderhoof, where he tried, unsuccessfully to take a parked car.

The man turned his attention to a vehicle that was at the gas pump with the driver in the gas station. A female passenger was in the front seat when the suspect got into the vehicle, ordered the woman out and left the scene. The woman was not injured.

The suspect was spotted on Fourth Street but fled before police could apprehend him. At 10:22 p.m., a police service dog team from Prince George, which was called to assist, saw the man at another gas station in Vanderhoof and tried to block the vehicle, however the suspect managed to flee from police.

Vanderhoof frontline officers, with support from PDS, continued their search for the man. He was eventually located in the parking lot of a local business at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday and arrested without further incident. He was taken to hospital for medical treatment, where he remains.

The man could face several charges as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call the Vanderhoof RCMP at 250 567 2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477

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