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Saanich and Victoria Police have arrested a 28-year-old man for outstanding warrants after he failed to appear in court.

Matthew Neely, known to police for being violent, did not appear for a scheduled court date on December 2nd, but was arrested that same night.

At around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, Saanich Police attended the 3500-block of Shelbourne Street for reports of a vehicle parked in the area that was reportedly stolen from the Esquimalt area.

In the process of investigating the scene and talking to a group of men walking nearby, additional officers from Saanich and Victoria arrived to assist.

Police then recognized Matthew Neely as someone with outstanding warrants. He attempted to run from officers but was quickly caught and arrested.

Neely was transported to the Victoria Police Department to be held in custody for morning court. The stolen vehicle was also recovered and charges are being considered.

According to the BC court registry, Neely is accused of driving a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner, flight from police, possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, and breach of undertaking or recognizance.

“This arrest highlights a timely investigation and collaboration by both the Saanich and
Victoria Police to apprehend an offender that has fled from police previously and posed
a significant risk to the public,” said Saanich Police in a statement.