Driver of stolen vehicle safely taken into custody after spike belt deployment

IN the early morning hours of Sunday, April 3, New Westminster Police Department officers were made aware of a stolen vehicle that was being driven into New Westminster.

NWPD officers monitored the direction of travel of the stolen vehicle and deployed a spike belt as the vehicle drove along Front Street in downtown New Westminster. The spike belt punctured all four tires of the vehicle. Police followed the vehicle as it slowly drove into Coquitlam on rapidly deflating tires. The driver was safely taken into custody.

“Officers did an excellent job of taking this driver safely into custody while minimizing the risk to other road users,” said Sgt. Sanjay Kumar. “The NWPD will be recommending charges of theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, and driving while prohibited.”