Suspect tries to thwart Abbotsford police with false 911 gun call

ON Wednesday, December 2 at 1:21 a.m., when Abbotsford Police patrol officers attempted to stop a Toyota Corolla on Highway 1 at Clearbrook Road exit, the vehicle sped off and was last seen at the McCallum Road exit.  

A short time later, at 1:36 a.m., the same vehicle was seen leaving a residence in the 1000-block of Ross Road.  A spike belt was successfully deployed, but again the driver fled from police.  At 1:56 a.m., the unoccupied vehicle was located a short distance away on Simpson Road.

While patrol officers were responding to this file, the emergency services’ dispatch center, E-COMM 9-1-1, received a 9-1-1 report of men with guns in east Abbotsford.  Patrol officers responded to this event as well, which was later found to be false.

Patrol officers set up containment and the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service conducted a search and located the suspect. Upon searching, officers located the vehicle’s keys and the cellular phone made to make the false 9-1-1 call.

A 50-year-old New Westminster man was taken into custody and is facing new charges of flight from police, mischief, public mischief (for making a false 9-1-1 call), and breaching his court release order.