RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Prohibited driver from Surrey apprehended after getting stuck in shallow swamp

The suspect went on to assault several officers during booking inflicting minor injuries

  • Oct. 17, 2020 12:00 a.m.

A Surrey man is facing multiple charges, including attacking a peace officer, after being caught driving while prohibited last weekend.

A member of the 100 Mile RCMP was on patrol in the Lone Butte area at about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 when they observed a Ford Explorer with two different plates. The driver failed to stop for a routine traffic stop and kept driving eastbound. The officer did not pursue at that time.

Not long afterward, the same officer noticed the vehicle driving westbound along Highway 24. Another officer attempted to use their vehicle to block the highway, but the vehicle with mismatched plates used the shoulder of the road to avoid the blockade. The vehicle then turned off the highway and police found fresh muddy tire tracks leading down Blueberry Road to a private driveway.

As officers headed down the driveway to investigate, the suspect sped toward them at high speed before turning off the road and entering a wooded area. Not long after entering the woods, the car was launched into a shallow swamp and was immobilized.

The driver, identified as a 34-year-old prohibited driver from Surrey, was arrested by 100 Mile RCMP. However, at the cells, the suspect allegedly attacked the officers while being booked. Multiple charges are being sought against the suspect including possession of weapons offences and assaulting of a peace officer.

Anyone with information on this event can contact the 100 Mile House RCMP and refer to file number 2020-3867 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) if they wish to provide their information anonymously.

100 Mile House Free Press

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