A man “well known in the Fraser Valley for property crime” was arrested following a chase with Abbotsford Police early Wednesday morning.

Suspect arrested following early-morning chase with police

Man arrested following chase in east Abbotsford

A suspected truck thief was stopped by a spike belt when trying to flee Abbotsford police early Wednesday morning.

Around 1 a.m., the Abbotsford Police Department received a call from Chilliwack RCMP, tipping them off to a stolen truck in the area of Vye and Powerhouse roads in east Abbotsford.

An officer deployed a spike belt on the road near Arnold Road and Vye, after police spotted the truck and communicated its location and direction of travel over the radio, according to Const. Ian MacDonald.

It worked, successfully deflating all four tires.

The suspect continued to drive into a nearby field, where the truck got stuck. He fled on foot but police tracked him down and arrested him a short time later.

The 47-year-old Abbotsford man is “well known in the Fraser Valley for property crime,” MacDonald said.

He said police are recommending charges of possession of stolen property, theft, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police and breach of probation.