Barriere RCMP looking for missing Coquitlam couple

Barriere RCMP looking for missing Coquitlam couple
Spike belts deployed to stop driver who evaded police
Donna Johnston and Timothy Hall, both 63 years old, were last physically seen at their Coquitlam home around 5 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 11.

Police say their cell phone GPS last put them in the McLure, B.C. area around 6 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 14.

The couple was last physically seen at their Coquitlam address on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 5:00 p.m. Their cell phone GPS location was last associated to the McLure area at roughly 6:00 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Anyone who has observed the vehicle is or has information regarding the whereabouts of Donna Johnston and Timothy Hall are encouraged to contact the Barriere RCMP at 250-672-9918 or their local police service.

Johnston is described as a white woman, 53″, 121 lbs., with brown eyes and bleached blonde hair. Hall is described as a white man, 511″, 245 lbs., with hazel eyes and grey hair.

A 25-year-old man could face multiple charges after allegedly refusing to stop his vehicle for police on Highway 5 Thursday morning, leading officers to deploy two spike belts in an effort to apprehend the suspect.

At about 1:45 a.m., Barriere RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver who bystanders had boxed in on the Barriere bridge along Highway 5.

The suspect vehicle, however, eluded bystanders and continued south on the highway, according to an RCMP press release.

In a news release, Barriere RCMP say they received a missing persons report for two elderly overdue travellers from the Lower Mainland.

Police responded to the scene and received additional reports while in route from motorists that the suspect was driving in the opposite lane and swerving all over road.

Police attempted a traffic stop, but the driver turned around where it was blocked by bystander semi-trucks.

The vehicle then changed directions again and struck a marked police vehicle twice at a “slow speed” before continuing on, the release stated.

A spike belt was then deployed, partially disabling the car, but it continued driving southbound at a “very low speed.” The driver then struck a second unoccupied police vehicle.

A second spike belt was then deployed by the Kamloops police dog unit, which deflated the vehicles remaining tires.

The suspect vehicle continued driving at “low speeds” on its flat tires and was approaching the stopped traffic, leading police to box the vehicle in — finally bringing it to a stop.

According to police alcohol and drugs were not contributing factors in the mans behaviour. Once medically assessed, it was determined he may have been suffering from a mental health disorder.

A number of charges are being proposed to Crown Counsel against the 25-year-old driver of no fixed address.