Two police cruisers destroyed during chase in Nanaimo – CTV News

Two police cruisers destroyed during chase in Nanaimo - CTV News
Two police cruisers destroyed after man leads police on chase in Nanaimo
The driver was taken into custody following the pursuit and police said there were already warrants out for his arrest. (X Local – Nanaimo/Facebook)

A dangerous police chase in Nanaimo involving a stolen van and several RCMP members ended dramatically Saturday afternoon after two cruisers were totalled during the takedown.

“Within seconds, a dark figure appeared and moving with speed and agility never seen before, the male leapfrogged the front steps and dropped Mariachi frog [statue] at the front door. Suddenly, the mystery man was back in his vehicle, speeding off, never to be seen again,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP in a release.

It all started around lunchtime when Nanaimo RCMP received a call about a woman who was apparently yelling for help from inside a parked van on Applecross Road.

“We might never know who took the Mariachi frog or why it was returned in such a way. Nevertheless, we are so pleased that Mariachi frog didnt croak and we were able to reunite him with the other band members, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Because of the actions of the driver, it made us believe something serious was happening, said Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary OBrien.

The vehicle went through stop signs and traffic lights, OBrien said. He was going in the wrong direction on Highway 19A at different times and almost struck several pedestrians.

The chase came to an end when police rammed the vehicle on the Nanaimo Parkway at the Mostar Road intersection. The driver was attempting to go southbound in the northbound lanes during the takedown. Two police cruisers were destroyed in the collision.

The woman was found safe inside the vehicle and was later released. It is unclear to the RCMP why she was yelling.

The frogs have been with Johnston for some time and are very unique, representing an authentic Mexican Mariachi band.

The driver remains in police custody and is facing several charges, including possession of stolen property, evading arrest and dangerous driving.

The final statue only had a few dents and scrapes. The owner has been contacted by phone and told of the good news.

A 53-year-old man is in police custody, suspected of committing upwards of 50 break-ins in Nanaimo, Oceanside and Ladysmith.

NANAIMO (NEWS 1130) – Two police cruisers have been destroyed and one suspect is in custody after a man lead police on a dangerous, 25 minute chase through the streets of Nanaimo.

It happened on Saturday when officers got a report of a woman inside a parked van, screaming for help.

Constable Gary O’Brien says as officers got closer to the van, someone jumped in the driver’s seat and took off.

“That driver was determined not to stop, he was going through red lights, stop signs, his speeds were 85 to 100 km an hour,” O’Brien says. “He actually crossed two highways, at one point crossing the highway going southbound in the northbound lane.”

Police rammed the van with their cars to try to block the driver in, but he got out and tried fighting them. Eventually a 28-year-old man from Parksville was arrested. He faces multiple charges.

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