One in Custody Following Crime Spree

Prince George, Police Dog Services, Integrated Forensic Identification Services

2017-01-08 10:57 PST

File # 2017-00628 et al

One person has been arrested following a crime spree in Prince George last night that included colliding with two police vehicles.

On Saturday January 7th, 2017 at approximately 2:30 PM, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a theft of a flat deck trailer from at address on Highway 97 in the Hart area of Prince George. The trailer was stolen sometime earlier in the day and is valued at approximately $10,000.

At approximately 7:15 PM, the Prince George RCMP received information that the trailer was being towed south bound on Highway 97 approaching the John Hart Bridge. The stolen trailer now had a side-by-side UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) in it and 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. 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 male driver fled on foot towards the Prince George Playhouse, where an event was taking place. The suspect ignored police commands to stop. 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. He 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. He is well known to police in Prince George and is expected to face multiple Criminal Code charges. At the time of his arrest, he had multiple warrants out of Dawson Creek, BC.

The suspect was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries as a result of bite wounds. Fortunately, the officers involved in the collisions were uninjured.

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. If you have any information about these Criminal offences, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword pgtips. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.
 

Released by

Cpl. Craig Douglass

Communications NCO / Media Liaison Officer
Prince George RCMP
princegeorge.rcmp.ca
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3321
Cell: 250-640-1758

Email: pg_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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