Comox Valley RCMP arrested a man following two separate incidents with the same stolen truck in early December.
At around 8:30 a.m. on December 4th, police received a call reporting that more than one “sketchy male” was trying to free a truck stuck in a ditch on the Inland Island Highway in the area of Union Bay.
Police say the individual who called in the report said the men were using inadequate cables in their efforts to free the truck and were using potentially dangerous methods.
When officers arrived on scene, two men were able to quickly get the truck out of the ditch and they fled the area. A licence plate check of the truck revealed thatit did not belong to that vehicle.
According to police, an RCMP officer attempted to stop the truck but decided to back off due to the driver’s dangerous driving.
The next day, on December 5th at approximately 3 p.m., Comox Valley RCMP received another report of suspicious activity which was again in the Union Bay area.
When police arrived on scene, they determined the same truck from the prior day’s incident was involved.
Police say they placed the driver under arrest, however he was able to break free and fled, assaulting an officer in the process.
According to police, he was eventually stopped and taken into custody following a short altercation.
The investigation so far shows that this man was wanted on several warrants and the truck was in fact reported stolen.
“This man is in custody and the stolen vehicle has been recovered because of the people who took the time to call us,” said Cst. Monika Terragni, Media Relations Officer, Comox Valley RCMP.
Comox Valley RCMP encourage the public to call them whenever suspicious activity is occurring in the area.