Wanted male suspect leads police on chase from Abbotsford to West Vancouver

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      After a traffic stop in the Fraser Valley, a male suspect wanted in other provinces led police across the Lower Mainland—but wound up being nabbed on the North Shore.

      B.C. RCMP stated on February 26 that shortly after 1 p.m. on February 26, a Fraser Valley Traffic Services officer stopped a vehicle on Highway 1 near Bradner Road in Abbotsford.

      The officer stopped the vehicle, which had Ontario license plates, for not having insurance.

      The officer conducted identification checks and discovered that the driver was wanted on six warrants from another province.

      When the officer tried to take the man into custody, the driver allegedly assaulted the officer. During the ensuing altercation, the driver stole the keys to the officer’s police vehicle and fled the scene in a small black car.

      As the vehicle drove through several Lower Mainland communities, various police agencies tracked and relayed the vehicle’s location to determine opportunities to safely stop the vehicle.

      When the vehicle was slowed down to a near stop on the Capilano River Bridge in West Vancouver, a Vancouver Police Department officer with a police dog officer moved in to stop the vehicle. With assistance from a West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) officer, the man was apprehended.

      The WVPD stated on social media at 2 p.m. that as officers were on the scene of an incident on Highway 1 and Taylor Way, the highway was closed in both directions. After some lanes were reopened to some traffic, the highway was fully reopened in both directions by 3:37 p.m.

      The identity of the suspect, who remains in custody, has not been released.

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