Suspicious Vehicle Results in Two Arrests and Multiple Charges
2021-11-16 13:50 PST
On November 12, 2021 at 5:30 am, Oceanside RCMP received reports of a suspicious pickup truck on Highway 19A in the area of Qualicum Bay and Bowser which led to two arrests and multiple charges.
The first caller reported what was believed to be a male in medical distress and BC Ambulance was requested to assist. The male drove away northbound on Highway 19A in a pickup truck before the ambulance arrived.
The second caller reported the same pickup truck had crashed on Highway 19A where a male had exited from the pickup truck before getting back in and continuing northbound on Highway 19A. The male driver tried to punch a passerby who stopped to check on him.
The third call was from a business in the 6900 block of Island Highway West (Highway 19A), Bowser reporting the same pickup truck had driven into their fence causing damage. The male driver fled on foot and a female passenger remained inside the pickup truck. It was reported the male may have been in possession of a handgun.
Oceanside RCMP members attended to the business and arrested the female.
Police Dog Services and Emergency Response Team members attended the scene. The police dog tracked the male suspect to the area of the Bowser Legion where he was arrested while breaking into a parked vehicle. A replica handgun was recovered.
The pickup truck the male had been driving had been reported stolen from Duncan on November 9, 2021 and a rifle located inside the pickup truck had been reported stolen from Campbell River on November 11, 2021.
Subsequent investigation has determined the male, using the same stolen pickup truck, had broken into a fenced compound in the 1000 block of Herring Gull Way, Parksville as well as a trespass incident in the 1400 block of Cimarron Court, Parksville in the hours preceding his arrest.
The female was released from custody to appear in court at a later date. The 41-year-old male appeared before a Justice and was remanded in custody to appear in Court on November 16, 2021 on a dozen charges for weapons and property offences.
Sergeant Shane Worth
Operations Support NCO
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