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Spike belt used to end pursuit
The police were in hot pursuit of a man driving a stolen truck on Thursday, for 51 kilometres along Highway 33.
The chase began when police spotted a stolen car in Orchard Park Shopping Centre and began to follow it in an unmarked police car.
The driver in the stolen car managed to get onto Highway 97 and started to weave in and out of traffic using the HOV lane to gain speed and run red lights.
The unmarked police car called off the chase near Highway 33 because of the erratic driving behaviour of the man behind the wheel of the stolen car.
The suspect sped away northbound on Highway 97 and police lost site of the suspect vehicle which apparently turned off the highway in the Rutland area. The first car was abandoned in favour of a pickup truck with a contractor’s trailer hooked on behind, at a house near Findlay Road.
With the owner of that stolen truck chasing after his vehicle in another of his trucks, while contacting the police on his cell phone, the chase was back on heading eastbound on Highway 33.
The doors of the trailer had come open and tools, paint, and other construction materials fell out along the steep roadway towards Black Mountain. The stolen truck hit another truck near Toovey Road, causing it to end up high centered on a cement road sign.
By this time, numerous police cars were heading up the highway to intercept the stolen truck. The police helicopter was also in the air and was calling out the location of the truck as it made its way along Highway 33 towards Beaverdell.
Police then set up a spike belt to stop the driver of the stolen truck, which swerved, hitting a police car, and careened off the road and into a ditch before coming to a stop. The suspect bolted from the truck and ran into the nearby bush.
A police dog on scene ran after the man and brought him down after he had gotten about 20 feet from the stolen vehicle.
The suspect remains in custody and will appear in court to face recommended charges of possession of stolen property and theft under $5,000, flight from police, assault with a weapon, dangerous driving and numerous counts for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
The suspect is known to police for an extensive drug and Criminal Code offence history.