Driver arrested after driving over spike belt and fleeing in New Westminster

ON Tuesday at approximately 8 a.m., the New Westminster Police Department responded to a report of a man sleeping in a running vehicle in the 300-block of Carnarvon Street. The responding officer recognized the driver as someone who had fled from police in the past and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Prior to making contact with the driver, officers deployed a spike belt directly in front of the vehicle.

When police approached the side of the vehicle to arrest the suspect, the suspect allegedly woke up, shifted the vehicle into drive, disregarded commands of police, and drove over the spike belt westbound on Carnarvon Street. Police at the scene did not pursue the vehicle due to the public safety risk.

Another police unit on patrol several blocks away blocked an intersection ahead of the suspect vehicle. Despite commands to stop, the suspect allegedly drove past the police vehicle and proceeded onto Columbia Street with the spike belt being dragged behind. The officer saw the vehicle drive into a parkade, and with the help of citizens was able to quickly locate and safely arrest the suspect who had fled on foot. The suspect was in possession of several weapons at the time of his arrest.

The following offences are being recommended to Crown Counsel: one count each of failing to comply with release order, resist arrest, flight from police, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

“Thanks to the citizens who pointed us in the right direction once this suspect had fled on foot,” said Sgt. Sanjay Kumar.