Nanaimo RCMP have arrested a 37-year-old woman after a series of incidents that police call “bizarre”.
According to a statement from RCMP, the saga began at 5 p.m. on August 1 when a 911 caller reported that he and his wife, 66, were driving southbound on the Nanaimo Parkway (Highway 19) when they a grey 2018 Mitsubishi slowed down and stopped right in front of them.
They reported that a woman exited the Mitsubishi and walked back to their vehicle. After a short conversation, she allegedly began punching the victim several times, leaving her with cuts and bruises to her hands and head from trying to protect herself.
After this, the suspect got back in her vehicle and kept driving southbound on the highway.
A few minutes later, a second 911 caller reported that a pedestrian had almost been hit by a vehicle in front of Nanaimo’s Jingle Pot Pub.
Details about the vehicle and driver confirmed that it was the same suspect accused of road rage in the previous incident. This time, the woman allegedly drove into oncoming traffic, then onto the curb and drove directly at the pedestrian, according to a witness.
By this point, three of the tires in her vehicle were flat, but she continued driving.
Next, a series of 911 calls came from people at the public beach at Westwood Lake who reported that a woman was “acting erratically”.
When police officers arrived at the scene, they found the suspect sitting in the life guard tower.
According to police, officers tried to de-escalate the situation by talking to her, but she appeared to be either under the influence of an unknown substance or going through a medical crisis.
At one point during the interaction, the suspect sprayed a liquid—believed to be water—at police and told them it would harm them.
The woman managed to evade officers for a short while but was soon located and arrested on a range of Criminal Code offences including Assault, Assault Police Officer, Dangerous Driving, Impaired Driving and Refusal to comply with a Drug Recognition Expert test.
She was released from custody after she was deemed sober that same night, and is scheduled to appear in Nanaimo Provincial court on Tuesday November 10.
At this time, RCMP are requesting anyone who may have iPhone or dash cam videos of any of these incidents, to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-27874.