Accident victim turns out to be wanted fugitive

A minor motor vehicle collision in Mission last week led to the arrest of a federal parolee from Quebec.

  • Thu Dec 31st, 2015 5:00pm
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A minor motor vehicle collision last week led to the arrest of a federal parolee from Quebec who had been on the run for over a year.

On the afternoon of Dec. 29, 2015, Mission RCMP were called to the scene of a minor collision between a car and a cyclist in the32100 block of Lougheed Hwy. A 57-year-old man riding a bicycle the wrong way on Lougheed Highway had crossed in front of a car turning onto the street from a parking lot. The cyclist was taken to hospital but did not suffer any significant injuries. Police secured the cyclist’s bicycle and personal belongings.

The following morning, the cyclist attended Mission Detachment to retrieve his property. Upon arrival, he found police were suspicious of the false name he had provided at the collision scene prior to being transported to hospital. The investigating officers had determined that the cyclist’s real identity was Yvan Savard, who had been wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for breach of parole since he failed to report to his community corrections facility in Montreal in July, 2014.

It is believed he has been living in the Lower Mainland area for over a year, using multiple aliases to evade capture. Savard has a lengthy criminal record which includes numerous violent and firearms related convictions. He has now been arrested by police and returned to federal custody.