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A driver in Metchosin is being lauded for leading West Shore RCMP to find and arrest a man who is accused of stealing a truck.

On February 27th, RCMP received a call about a man in a Dodge Ram pickup truck dumping items on a dirt road near the 1500 block of Neild Rd in Metchosin.

Upon observing this, a bystander who believed the man was illegally dumping called police and used their own vehicle to block the road, preventing the truck from leaving.

The suspect reloaded the items back into the truck, then rammed the complainant’s vehicle with the truck in an attempt to get away.

When this did not work, the suspect got out of the pickup truck and fled on foot before police arrived.

West Shore RCMP deployed a K-9 unit but were unable to locate the suspect. However they were able to determine that the pickup truck was one that had been reported stolen out of Colwood on February 19th.

Fortunately, the complainant had taken a photo of the suspect before he fled, which helped police identify him.

“On March 4th 2020, Cpl. Krauss of West Shore RCMP Traffic Services Unit was out patrolling and spotted the male suspect walking near the intersection of Goldspur Rd and Latoria Rd in Langford,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar.

The suspect is set to appear in court today.

While police thank the citizen for their efforts in helping officers arrest the man, they also advise against blocking in suspects as this can become dangerous.