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Two people were arrested Tuesday after a stolen vehicle they were in struck a police cruiser in Qualicum Beach this week.

The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday November 23rd, when police received a reported of a suspicious vehicle parked near Higson Crescent and Seacroft Road.

According to Oceanside RCMP, the vehicle had been parked there for about two hours with a man and woman sleeping inside.

When an officers arrived,  they began to speak to the driver when the driver suddenly sped away at high speed, striking the officer’s marked police cruiser and narrowly missing the officer.

The vehicle was last seen northbound on Highway 19A which sparked a mass search involving multiple police detachments, including Oceanside RCMP, Comox Valley RCMP, a police dog and helicopter.

The vehicle was spotted several times by police and members of the public in multiple locations, including Courtenay, Union Bay, Bowser and Horne Lake.

The vehicle was eventually located around 12:45 p.m. near the 3200 block of Island Highway West and Van Isle Road in Qualicum Bay.

A 30-year-old woman was arrested near vehicle and 41-year-old Mark Mann of Parksville was located after a short search with the police dog.

It was later determined the vehicle was stolen from Regina, Saskatchewan on October 1st.

“Mark Mann was found to have outstanding warrants for of fraud and prohibited driving,” said Sgt. Shane Worth of the Oceanside RCMP.

He was due in court on Wednesday to deal with new charge recommendations that included hit and run, dangerous driving and possession of stolen property.

The passenger was released to appear in court at a later date.

The damage to the marked police vehicle was minimal and there were no injuries to anyone involved in this incident.

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