A 35 year Dawson Creek man is in custody after a crime spree in Prince George that included colliding with two police vehicles.
On Saturday afternoon, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a theft of a flat deck trailer; worth about $10,000, from an address on Highway 97 in the Hart area of Prince George.
Later that evening, police received information that the trailer was being towed south bound on Highway 97 approaching the John Hart Bridge with a side-by-side UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) in it being towed by a blue Ford F-350 pick-up.
The driver of the vehicle collided with a police car and fled east on 10th Avenue; running a red light at Highway 97. Shortly after, the suspect was seen driving into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of 15th Avenue from Freeman Street.
Later, police attempted to stop a white Ford F-350 pick-up without licence plates on Highway 16, but the driver failed to stop and collided with a police vehicle which caused the pick-up to get stuck on a snow bank. The male driver fled on foot and ignored police commands to stop. A Police Service Dog was deployed to assist with the arrest.
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.
The first Ford F-350 pick-up and the stolen trailer were recovered a few blocks away from the UTV. That pick-up was found to have been stolen from Dawson Creek.
Police believe the same suspect is responsible for all of these thefts.
“We believed that there was a possibility that he was in our community,” says Corporal Craig Douglass. “Finding out that it was in fact him and arresting him was a win for the detachment and the community. It’s a safer community because of the fact that he is in jail.”