Police-involved crash in Surreys Whalley area – Cloverdale Reporter

Police-involved crash in Surrey\s Whalley area - Cloverdale Reporter
Driver involved in slow-speed chase potentially suffered mental health episode
Police say they were called shortly before 4 a.m. about an erratic driver at 106 Avenue and 130 Street.

According to RMCP, the driver went over a spike belt and kept driving on deflated tires. Officers followed the car, a burgundy Mitsubishi Eclipse, through a field and back onto the road at a speed of around 30 kilometres per hour, police say.

RCMP say officers boxed in the car at 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard, leading to what they called a minor collision with a police vehicle.

The driver, who appeared to be impaired, refused to stop, and officers were forced to box her in. The car had a minor collision with a police vehicle and she refused to get out. Officers broke a window to remove her.

The female driver refused to unlock the car so officers broke the driver’s side window and physically removed her from the vehicle, RCMP said.

The car the returned, and officers placed stop sticks around it. The female driver and occupant of the car tried to flee again, drove over the stop sticks, into a park, and back onto the road with deflated tires.

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At 4 a.m. RCMP officers attempted to speak with a woman near 106 Avenue and 130 Street who was engaged in an altercation with a security guard. When they approached, she fled in a burgundy Mitsubishi Eclipse.

A woman who led police on what they described as a "slow-speed pursuit" through Surrey early Friday morning has been apprehended under the Mental Health Act, according to the RCMP.

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Police have a driver in custody after a dramatic police chase in Surrey Friday morning.

The incident started at around 4 a.m. when officers responded to reports of a confrontation between a woman and a security guard near 106 Avenue and 130 Street. The confrontation happened in a parking lot being used by a film crew shooting nearby.

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Officers attended and used "stop sticks," which deflated the Mitsubishis tires, but the driver then allegedly tried to flee by driving through a public park.

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On Friday morning tire tracks remained visible in the grass of the field at Royal Kwantlen Park, which is near two schools. 

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Despite flat tires, officers ended up trailing the Eclipse at speeds of about 30 km/h after the driver ended up back on the roadway.

Shortly after, law enforcement say the Mitsubishi returned to the same area. Police attended the scene once more, this time with a police dog officer. They also report placing stop sticks in front and behind the Mitsubishis tires.

"Its actually quite slow, it was not a high speed pursuit," said Sgt. Chad Greig with Surrey RCMP. "Officers did follow closely to ensure public safety and made the decision to box the vehicle in."

Police executed the maneuver on 104 Avenue near King George Boulevard, which caused the Mitsubishi to come to an abrupt stop, but RCMP say the driver still refused to cooperate.

"She would not unlock the door and would not exit the vehicle upon the officers request to do so, as such the members were required to break the drivers side window," Greig told CTV News.

The female driver and a single occupant once again fled the police, driving over the stop sticks, into a park, and back onto the roadway with deflated tires.

"Went up to her vehicle with a baton and started smashing out her windows," a witness named Amy told CTV. "There was about five or six officers that dragged her out."

RCMP are now trying to determine if the driver may have been impaired, or whether mental health may have played a role.

"Investigators will be looking at all aspects of what occurred this morning to determine if charges are applicable," Greig noted.

Two RCMP vehicles were towed from the scene around where the car was boxed in around 7 a.m.. No officers were injured.

Police say a 54-year-old woman who was behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi was arrested under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital.

Surrey RCMP asked anyone who witnessed the incident or recorded dash cam video to contact them at 604-599-0502. 

Amy was nearby and witnessed the takedown, which she says involved 3 police vehicles boxing in that suspected impaired driver. @CTVVancouver pic.twitter.com/byXFwXJnoT

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