Photo by Dale Klippenstein

Photo by Dale Klippenstein

Suspect rams Abbotsford police cruiser in attempt to flee traffic stop

Two Abbotsford men are in custody after officers stop car with false plates

An Abbotsford Police cruiser was rammed twice by a car attempting to flee a traffic stop on Tuesday.

The two occupants of the vehicle were arrested shortly afterwards and are facing charges.

The incident began at about 1 p.m., when officers were patrolling the Whatcom Road area and noticed a Honda Civic with licence plates which did not match the vehicle, according to the Abbotsford Police Department (APD).

Police say they were able to follow the vehicle with the help of the RCMP’s Air 1 helicopter, until it parked in a driveway in the 2900 block of Lefeuvre Road.

The driver got out of the Civic and walked away as police officers arrived on scene.

Police say the passenger of the vehicle jumped into the driver’s seat and rammed a police cruiser twice while trying to get away.

When the suspect was unable to get the Civic out of the driveway, he attempted to run away.

He was arrested a short distance away with the help of a police K9 unit.

The initial driver, a 36-year-old Abbotsford man, was arrested without incident and is facing charges of prohibited driving and breaching his court conditions.

The suspect who allegedly rammed the police vehicle, a 37-year-old Abbotsford man, is facing charges of dangerous driving, fleeing from police, prohibited driving, and breaching his court conditions.