Spike belt ends police chase through Lower Mainland

Section of Trans-Canada Highway, around 232nd Street, shut down for some time Thursday night.

  • Jan. 4, 2019 11:20 a.m.

One man is in custody after being stopped by a spike belt in Langley, following a police search and pursuit that veered from Surrey to Chilliwack.

Surrey RCMP received a report of a possible assault in a vehicle at about 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, said Surrey RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Chad Greig.

The suspect’s car, a white BMW sedan, was reportedly already on the way to Chilliwack when Surrey RCMP received the alert. Police feared the victim was still in the vehicle.

The BMW was spotted by a Lower Mainland Police Dog Service officer near Chilliwack.

The dog service officer pulled up behind the BMW, but the suspect driver put the BMW in reverse and crashed into the police officer’s vehicle before fleeing.

Police then pursued the BMW west on the Trans Canada Highway. A witness told Black Press that numerous police vehicles were speeding on Highway One near Lickman Road in Chilliwack at about 9:40 p.m.

A spike belt was deployed to stop the car, and it came to a halt near 232nd Street in Langley, in the fast westbound lane. The driver was arrested and a passenger was found safe inside the vehicle, Greig said.

The suspect was set to appear in court today (Friday) and the investigation is ongoing, said Greig.

Drivers reported on Twitter all westbound traffic was stopped on Highway 1 for some time as numerous RCMP units arrived with lights and sirens to assist with the incident.

The vehicle was towed away and followed by RCMP around 10:30 p.m.

“Thanks to the seamless collaboration between multiple jurisdictions, the suspect was successfully apprehended and the victim nor the public were put at further risk,” said Greig.

Anyone who may have been in the area at that time or may have information is being asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. To leave an anonymous tip, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

It appears this incident may have involved units from Surrey, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Port Mann Traffic Services, and the Lower Mainland Police Dog Service Unit.

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