Police had Chemainus Road blocked off between Fir Street and the Oak Street roundabout Tuesday afternoon. The driver of a stolen vehicle involved in a head-on accident fled the scene. Police eventually tracked him down on Willow Street. Accident scene can be seen in the background. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Driver of stolen vehicle caught after fleeing accident scene in Island community

Section of Chemainus Road closed until suspect located and eventually taken into custody

The driver of a stolen vehicle fled from an accident scene in Chemainus Tuesday afternoon, resulting in a foot chase by an off-duty police officer and the use of a dog tracker that eventually led to the arrest of a suspect.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP blocked off Chemainus Road between Fir Street and the Oak Street roundabout around 3:15 p.m. while in pursuit of the suspect.

The off-duty officer came across a two-vehicle collision between a white Ford Ranger and a black Ford Fusion that occurred at Oak Street and Chemainus Road. The driver of the Ford Ranger immediately fled on foot.

The off-duty officer alerted police dispatch about the incident and chased the male on foot into a wooded area of Askew Creek Park nearby.

North Island Traffic Services and multiple units from North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were quick to respond and set up a containment area. It was soon discovered the Ford Ranger had been reported stolen earlier in the day from the Victoria area.

RCMP Police Dog Services were deployed, alongside a member from the First Nations Policing Section and quickly located items believed to belong to the suspect.

Officers from the Traffic and Community Engagement Unit obtained photographs and witness statements at the scene of the collision. Soon after, officers from the General Investigation Section located a 29-year-old Duncan man matching the description of the suspect near Waterwheel Park on Willow Street in downtown Chemainus.

The man was subsequently taken into custody. The suspect is well-known to police for other offences related to property crime.

The suspect was arrested for Possession of Property obtained by Crime, Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

There were five occupants in the Ford Fusion. One female passenger was treated by B.C. Ambulance Services personnel for minor injuries and transported to the Chemainus Health Care Centre. She was treated for the injuries and later released.

“Thanks to the quick action of our members and the collaborative efforts of multiple detachments, units and agencies, this multifaceted investigation garnered positive results,” noted Staff Sgt. Chris Swain, Operations NCO for North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. “This is a true testament to our members’ great work ethic and teamwork.”

Swain added there was no pedestrian involved, as suggested by some members of the public.

Charges are being recommended to Crown Counsel and the suspect remains in police custody pending a court appearance.

Just Posted

Ucluelet Aquarium wraps up season with release day event

Residents help release charismatic critters on Dec. 7.

Tofino shops set to sparkle during weekend’s Jingle Into Christmas celebration

“It’s like a family reunion. It’s nice to see the locals’ faces.”

Child care sector feels the squeeze in Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

There are five children for every licensed child care space in the ACRD

Surfrider Pacific Rim hopes unique wetsuit recycling program stays local to the Coast

“We really want to see someone locally or regionally take this on and use this material locally.”

Residents push back against renaming Ucluelet Secondary School

“We are just fine thanks, put the money into our children’s education.”

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

B.C. Transit finds 28 used fareboxes online, saves $300,000

‘Someone joked maybe we can buy used fareboxes on eBay,’ CEO says

Many of Canada’s working poor can’t afford lawyers, don’t qualify for legal aid

One lawyer says many people earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but not enough to really live on

Most Read