VANDERHOOF, BC: One man is in custody following a 12 hr ordeal involving two police jurisdictions…
Police say the incident began just before 6:30 PM Tuesday, when officers were advised that a distraught male had severely damaged a residence in Vanderhoof and fled the scene in a vehicle.
Police located the 27 year-old Vanderhoof man travelling south on Highway 27 and attempted to stop him. The man did not stop after a short police pursuit therefore officers successfully deployed a spike belt. The man kept driving coming to a stop at a local gas station, west of Vanderhoof, where he tried to take a parked car and was not successful.
The man had then turned his attention to a vehicle that was at the gas pump with the driver in the gas station. A female passenger was in the front seat when the suspect got into the vehicle, ordered the woman out and left the scene. The woman was uninjured.
Several hours later at around 10 PM, the suspect male was located on 4th Street but fled before officers could catch up to the suspect. Officers called for assistance from the Prince George RCMP Police Dog Services. PG RCMP located the vehicle at another gas station and attempted to block the suspect in but failed.
The male suspect was eventually located in the parking lot of a local business at 6:45 AM on Wednesday August 7, 2019, and arrested without further incident. He was taken to hospital for medical treatment where he remains.
The man could face several charges as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call the Vanderhoof RCMP at 250-567-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.