Suspect in Custody Following Prince George Police Pursuit
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George RCMP have a suspect in custody following the pursuit of stolen vehicle that came to an end with the use of a spike belt and a canine unit.
Corporal Cory Eggen with the Prince George detachment says that around mid-afternoon Saturday the RCMP received a call from a person who was driving northbound south of Hixon who said they were cut off by another vehicle whose driver waved a gun at them.
Cpl. Eggen says North District Traffic Services had cars on Highway 97 at the time and they took up the pursuit of a pick-up truck that had been reported stolen in Langley and was bearing stolen plates. North District officers laid a spike belt on the highway south of the Simon Fraser bridge and that brought the truck to a halt.
Cpl. Eggen says “the vehicle was dumped and we ended up tracking the guy with a canine unit and we took him into custody.” The man was flushed out by the police dog and placed under arrest on Industrial Way in the BCR site.
The suspect is a 55-year-old lower mainland man who, police say, has a very lengthy criminal record.
The takedown, says the corporal, was effective. “North District had people on at the same time (as) City (detachment) and dog guys so we had enough people on at once that helped save the day, so we’re good.” He adds no officers were injured in the episode, “no PCs (patrol cars) were touched and it was all a successful take-down, for sure.”