It all started at 2:30 p.m. on May 18, as the Prince George RCMP received multiple 911 calls from concerned motorists about an erratic driver. Witnesses said the vehicle was a green Dodge Dakota and several people noted it appeared to be a female driver.
The first witness saw the vehicle on Queensway and followed it onto First Avenue where he stated to dispatchers that it almost hit several vehicles before turning onto Carney Street. A second witness then called 911 to report she was behind the vehicle on Carney Street and observed it swerving all over the road with irregular speeds.
The vehicle continued onto Range Road where it collided with a parked vehicle. A witness contacted police to state he saw the collision and obtained photos of the incident. A fourth witness called 911 to report she was driving on Range Road when the vehicle entered the oncoming lane and she had to swerve to avoid a collision. The vehicle continued on to Highway 16 West near Cowart Road where it cut off a chip truck and was not able to stay in its own lane.
Police continued their patrols and located the vehicle again on Domano Boulevard near Malaspina Drive. Members of the Prince George Municipal Traffic Services Unit and frontline members attempted to pull over the vehicle but it failed to stop. Police were successful in stopping the truck by using their vehicles to block it in on Highway 16 near Highway 97.
Police arrested the driver, a 28-year-old resident of Prince George, for impaired operation of a conveyance and a drug recognition expert from North District’s Impaired Driving Unit completed an evaluation for possible drug impairment. Police say the driver had stolen the vehicle earlier that day. Investigators later released the driver from custody with a future court date. The driver is known to police.
“We are asking for any witnesses who saw the vehicle driving yesterday or who may have dash cam or surveillance footage showing the driving behaviour to contact investigators. You can speak with police by calling 250-561-3300 and referencing police file number 2021-17395,” said Const. Jennifer Cooper of the Prince George RCMP.
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 or online at www.northernbccrimestoppers.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.