Man arrested after vehicular crime spree

A 20-year-old Mission man has been arrested and charged by RCMP after allegedly going on a crime spree involving a pickup truck.

According to RCMP Sgt. Miriam Dickson, mounties were called to the 33000 block of Third Avenue last Wednesday at about 9:30 p.m. after reports that a silver Chevy Silverado had driven into the side of a residence belonging to the man’s former girlfriend.

The Silverado fled the scene before police arrived.

The next day, police spotted the Silverado travelling westbound on Lougheed Highway at a “high rate of speed” and began pursuit after the driver refused to stop.

Police decided not to chase the pickup truck for safety reasons, but found the vehicle a short time later, parked and abandoned on North Railway Avenue.

The Silverado had extensive front and rear end damage, as well as a smashed passenger window.

The vehicle had been stolen two days earlier from a house on Third Avenue, and police determined it was the same one used to drive into the residence the day before.

The suspect, who has yet to be identified by police, has been charged with mischief endangering life, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime, and possession of stolen property over $5000.00.

He is further under investigation for the theft of an ATV and an additional vehicle on Oct. 2, 2011.