Update: Richmond hospital patient steals police vehicle, causing collisions and injuries

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      Update (October 10): 

      After RCMP arrested a male suspect after he allegedly stole a police vehicle and was involved in several collisions in Richmond on October 7, Richmond RCMP stated that 40-year-old Mummad Farrid of Abbotsford appeared in a Richmond provincial court on October 9.

      He is charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor-vehicle causing bodily harm and one count of flight from a peace officer.

      The woman who sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries in one of the vehicle collisions is still in hospital but is expected to recover.

      Original article (October 8):

      A Richmond hospital patient wreaked havoc on the roads of Richmond after he stole a police cruiser to escape in.

      After noon on October 7, a Richmond hospital reported to Richmond RCMP that a patient who wasn’t allowed to leave the premises had fled on foot.

      An officer located the man but was unable to take him into custody.

      Complicating matters, the male suspect got into the officer’s police vehicle and drove away.

      As the man drove the stolen police vehicle, he collided with a civilian vehicle and an unmarked vehicle near Gilbert Road and Donald Road in Richmond.

      He then collided with a second civilian vehicle in the 8200 block of Gilbert Road, where officers arrested him.

      A female driver of the second vehicle was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

      B.c. RCMP stated in a news release that they have notified the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., who will determine if police actions or inaction are connected to the woman’s injuries.