PRINCE GEORGE, BC: A male driver remains in custody following an erratic driver complaint Thursday morning…
Just after 8 AM, officers in McBride received a report of an erratic driver on Highway 16. The driver was headed towards Prince George.
An officer with the Prince George RCMP was dispatched to intercept the driver as the vehicle approached the city. While en route, police received another report from the public advising that the driver of the vehicle was trying to deliberately force on-coming vehicles off the road or to cause a head-on collision.
Officers caught up with the suspect driver near Purden Lake but he failed to stop and continued dangerously along Hwy 16 towards Prince George. Highway 16 was closed at Old Cariboo Highway in Prince George to minimize the risk with the public.
Just after 9 AM, officers set up successful containment on Hwy 16 at Giscome Road, utilizing spike belts and other tactics to stop the driver. The male driver and a female passenger were taken into custody shortly thereafter.
There were no injuries to the driver, passenger or the officers involved.
“To have an on-coming vehicle drive right at you, narrowly missing a head on collision, is a terrifying situation for anyone driving on our highways” says Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. “We are relieved and maybe a little shocked that this situation did not result in more serious injuries to members of the public, the police or the occupants of the car. I’m very proud of our officers, as well as those members of the public that called police without hesitation.”