Highway 4 police chase ends in spike belt takedown

Three suspects are in custody after a police chase on Tuesday afternoon ended with a stolen truck driving over a spike belt on Highway 4.

Three suspects are in custody in Port Alberni after a police chase on Tuesday afternoon ended with a stolen truck driving over a spike belt on Highway 4. near the Bamfield turnoff.

Oceanside RCMP called Port Alberni asking that they look out for a truck that was stolen from their area that may have been used in a series of property crimes, RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said.

RCMP officers spotted the truck as it passed through Cathedral Grove just after 4 p.m. Officers reported the truck driving erratically even passing other vehicles on the right of the road on the shoulder.

Police laid a spike belt across the road near the old Island Highway turnoff then maneuvered the truck over it, disabling it near the Bamfield turnoff.

A male driver tried to flee the scene but was corralled by a police dog unit moments later. Police also arrested two female passengers in the truck.

Police found a cache of drugs and a weapon in the truck.

The driver is from Qualicum Beach and the females from Port Alberni. All are known to police, Allan said.

“This incident confirms the fact that in some cases vehicle thieves jeopardize the public’s safety as much as those committing violent crimes in our community,” Allan said. “The dangerous method in which this truck was being operated could very well have resulted in community members and officers being seriously harmed.”

The suspects remain in police custody this morning as investigators from Oceanside and Port Alberni detachments continue their investigations.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Fisheries Act fix doesn’t go far enough, says Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Not even close to what we need,’ MP Gord Johns says

Pension delays unacceptable, Courtenay-Alberni MP says

Some retiring vets, RCMP wait ‘months, years’

Armada boys drop first game of AAA North Island basketball championships

Alberni faces No. 1 seed Mark Isfeld in Saturday, Feb. 17 morning game

Alberni Armada senior girls play for Island bronze

Girls drop game to SMU, still have a shot at provincial basketball berth

Armada senior girls win first contest at AA Island championships

Hoops team faces SMU in game this evening at Mark Isfeld in Courtenay

North Island College opens its doors to Alberni, west coast students

More than 200 Grade 11 students check out programs offered at Alberni campus

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

VIDEO: Protesters rally for affordable housing ahead of B.C. budget

Residents call on province to keep locals housed

#Metoo movement causing confusion in many men, fear of missteps with women: experts

Being painted by the same sweeping brush as those alleged to have mistreated women has angered men

Vancouver Island job market ever-evolving

Various sectors driving employment in region will be represented at Black Press career fair in Comox Feb. 8

Liberals to dig deeper, aim higher on gender equality in 2018 federal budget

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the budget would include measures to boost women in the workforce

Vancouver Island’s Teal Harle finishes fifth in Olympic Men’s Slopestyle skiing

‘I’ve definitely surpassed every expectation I had for the Games’ – Harle

Body of missing skier found

Man’s truck found in Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s parking lot covered in ‘several days’ snow’

Most Read