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One man in custody following string of vehicle thefts…

BURNS LAKE, BC: A Prince George man is facing serious charges after a number of events that occurred on Monday beginning in Smithers…

On March 9, just after 5 PM, Smithers RCMP responded to a report of a man who stole a black Ford F-350 after ditching a white Ford F-250. The suspect fled the scene at a high rate of speed towards Telkwa.

Half hour later, the suspect parked the F-350 and stole a Ford F-150 from the Hungry Hill area. The suspect once again fled the scene this time headed toward Houston.

Just before 9 PM, the suspect was chased off by a homeowner in the 5200 block of Highway 16. The suspect was attempting to steal items from the property when he was caught by the homeowner. The suspect fled but ditched the Ford F150 and took a Chevy 3500. Soon after, the suspect was involved in a crash in Houston and fled on foot.

Less than an hour later, a report was received of another vehicle theft. This time a GMC 2500 was taken from the 4800 Block of Summit Lake Road.

Burns Lake RCMP and Fraser Lake RCMP were called to assist the police Detachments already involved.

Just before 11:30 PM, Burns Lake RCMP members spotted the reported stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the hospital. Police attempted to stop the suspect, but failed he failed to stop and fled the area

Just after midnight on March 10, an officer located the stolen vehicle crashed on Highway 16 west of Hawse Loop Rd.

A short time later, police were alerted to a nearby home as someone was yelling a snowmobile was being stolen. As officers made their way to the residence, the stolen sled drove at a high rate of speed directly at officers, narrowly missing two police vehicles. The suspect fled down trails where vehicles had no access.

Approximately 10 minutes later, officers were notified of another stolen vehicle incident. The same suspect stole a Dodge pickup truck with a plow attached from Bartlett Road. The suspect fled the area east along Hwy 16.

RCMP located the vehicle on Hwy 16 near Cougar road stopped in the travel portion. Officers positioned to box the suspect vehicle in when the suspect vehicle rammed a police cruiser and then reversed and rammed into another police cruiser.

Due to the possibility of firearms being present, the male was arrested at gunpoint. The suspect, a 38 year-old man from Prince George remains in custody and could face numerous charges. During the arrest, police seized drugs, suspected to be methamphetamine.

The highway was closed to conduct an investigation and later reopened to single lane alternating.

The suspect was taken to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries due to the crashes he was involved in. He was released from hospital and remains in custody.

A police officer was also treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained during an altercation.

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