With the public’s assistance, Victoria Police were able to track down one of two vehicles used in a weekend incident that saw a pickup driven toward an officer.
On Saturday, around 8pm, officers were investigating a stolen truck in the 600-block of Constance Avenue in Esquimalt. While the officers were investigating, a man believed to be involved fled on a motorcycle without a license plate or helmet.
Concerned with the recklessness of his driving and already knowing who the suspect was, police say they did not pursue the man saying it would have been too dangerous to themselves and the public.
Not long after, the suspect returned to the stolen truck. When he saw the police moving in to block him in, the suspect became combative with officers and used the stolen truck to push other vehicles out of the way.
The suspect again fled at high speed, because of weather and road conditions, officers again decided not to pursue. The man was located on foot a few hours later on Quadra Street near Johnson Street and taken into custody without further incident.
Victoria Police are still looking for a discarded red hoodie, and a dark-coloured motorcycle without plates or tags.
This motorcycle could be parked in a lot near Constance Avenue and Esquimalt Road, believed to be hidden behind a dumpster, or stashed in a yard or bushes.
The suspect remains in custody, and officers are recommending charges of two counts of Dangerous Driving, Assaulting a Peace Officer, Possession of Stolen Property, two counts of Driving While Prohibited, Failure to Remain At the Scene of a Collision, Failure to Stop For Police. Additional charges are likely to be recommended.
If you see the discarded red hoodie, or notice a strange motorcycle which appears to be stashed, you are asked to call the VicPD Non-Emergency line at (250) 995-7654, or to call your local police agency.