Crime Spree Ends with Arrest
It all started Saturday afternoon when Prince George RCMP were advised a flat deck trailer, worth about $10 thousand dollars, had been stolen from a property on Highway 97 in the Hart area of the City.
Around 7:15 last evening, Prince George RCMP were advised the trailer was being towed southbound on Highway 97 approaching the John Hart bridge. There was a side by side Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) on the trailer, which was being towed by a blue Ford F-350 pick up.
The truck and trailer pulled off the highway and onto Commercial Crescent where police attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle collided with a police car and fled east on 10th Avenue running a red light at Highway 97. The officers were not injured. For the safety of the public, police did not pursue.
Shortly after, the suspect was observed driving into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of 15th Avenue from Freeman Street.
Just after 8:00 PM, police attempted to stop a white Ford F-350 pick-up without licence plates on Highway 16 approximately 100 metres west of the junction with Highway 97. The driver failed to stop and collided with a police vehicle, causing the pick-up to get stuck on a snow bank. The officers were not hurt, and the male driver of the pick up fled on foot towards the Prince George Playhouse, where an event was taking place. A Police Service Dog was deployed to assist with the arrest. The suspect continued to resist police efforts to arrest him, but was subsequently taken into custody. According to police, the suspect was in possession of pepper spray and edged weapons at the time of his arrest.
At about the same time, police located what’s believed to be the UTV in an alley adjacent to Farrell Street, off Queensway in Prince George. While investigating, police were advised by a local resident that his Ford F-350 pick-up had been stolen. His pick-up was confirmed to be the pick-up that was recovered on Highway 16 minutes earlier.
The first Ford F-350 pick-up and the stolen trailer were located and recovered on La Salle Avenue, a few blocks away from the UTV. That pick-up was found to have been stolen from Dawson Creek on Friday January 6th, 2017.
Police believe the same suspect is responsible for all of these thefts.
The 35 year old male suspect from Dawson Creek will likely be held in custody at least until he makes his first appearance in Provincial Court on Monday. At the time of his arrest he was wanted on multiple warrants in Dawson Creek.
The suspect was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries as a result of bite wounds.
Although the UTV has not yet been reported stolen, police believe it to be. It is described as a red & white Polaris RZR. Police are asking the owners of similar UTVs to check to see if it has been stolen. If it has, please immediately call the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300.
This investigation is continuing. Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477.