Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

Crime News

Mounties Arrest Truck Thief

Police cruiser repeatedly rammed after wild chase in farm field

Staff/Voice photos


A pickup truck sits at Banford Rd and Prairie Central after being stolen by a suspect who lead police on a wild chase through farm fields Saturday.


1997 black F350 was being worked on in the driveway of a home in the 9400-block of Coote St. and had both door panels off when it was allegedly stolen at gunpoint about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.


The suspect, described as Caucasian, 25-30 years-old with dyed orange hair, shaved on one side, reportedly had a sawed-off shotgun at the time the truck was taken.

Without a known direction of travel, Mounties fanned out in the area and an alert officer spotted the truck roaring westbound along Prairie Central.


Speeds reached 160km/hr and officers kept their distance when the truck was seen veering into oncoming traffic.

With an officer still in pursuit, and more closing in, the suspect drove the truck onto a field at Banford Rd. The Mountie tried to block the truck from getting back on the road and was repeatedly rammed.

Police threw down spike belts to ensure the wild-eyed suspect wasn't going anywhere. 


The pickup was built like a tank with a lift kit and a push bar on the front, but by the end of the frantic ride it was a twisted wreck.

The suspect was arrested at the scene. No word if a gun was found in the truck. The suspect is known to police and was reported to have escaped custody once before in Abbotsford.

Reports are the officer in the rammed cruiser was injured. There was no word from police about her condition at press time.

RCMP Air One was called in to assist and set down in a nearby field.

ICARS is investigating.

Watch The Voice for more later as it becomes available.


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