Nanaimo man arrested
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A “prolific offender” is in custody after a high-drama joyride, Nanaimo RCMP say. 

30-year-old Nanaimo man Brandon Sharp was arrested on Wednesday, January 29th, for numerous charges. 

His latest charges are possession of stolen property, dangerous driving, and a breach of probation, after an escapade in a stolen vehicle led to a head-to-head interaction with Nanaimo RCMP — literally.

An alert Nanaimo RCMP officer noticed Sharp driving erratically at around 1:25 p.m. on January 29th. The officer tipped off his colleagues and observed the vehicle, which was confirmed as being stolen. 

Another officer in an unmarked vehicle attempted to stop Sharp by positioning his car, lights on, across the street from the stolen car. But Sharp, undeterred, accelerated at the police vehicle and rammed into its front grill.

The police car sustained significant front end damage. Fortunately the officer escaped the incident with no injuries.

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After the collision, Sharp took off, but he didn’t make it far. The stolen car went over a lawn and a curb, before finally coming to a stop in a ditch off of Park Avenue in Nanaimo. 

Sharp was subsequently arrested, as were two female passengers in the car with him. 

Dating back to 2014, Sharp has been arrested for dozens of charges. These include possession of stolen property under $5,000, theft under $5,000, mischief under $5,000, causing a person to use a forged document, and fraud.

Sharp appeared in Nanaimo Provincial court on Thursday January 30th, 2020 and was then released from custody.

His next court date is set for February 11, 2020.