DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Five people are facing charges in Dawson Creek after Mounties responded to a series of incidents that included an armed standoff, the deployment of a spike belt, and the seizure of an illegally modified rifle last Saturday.
The series of events began Saturday morning when the Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of a late model Chevrolet 3500 that was stolen from a home on the 210 Rd north of Dawson Creek sometime overnight Friday.
A short time later, police received another report of an erratic driver travelling towards Dawson Creek on the Alaska Highway. It was reported that a black truck matching the description of the stolen pickup nearly caused a collision when it crossed the highway’s centre line. Police located the truck, which took off at a high rate of speed. Officers declined to pursue the truck due to the risk to the public’s safety.
Shortly after losing visual contact with the truck, police got a report of a multiple vehicle hit-and-run with a truck matching the description of the stolen vehicle. Officers located the unoccupied truck a short distance from the collision.
Police reviewed a surveillance video and discovered that the truck’s occupants had walked into a nearby motel. Officers set up a containment of the suspect’s room and attempted to make contact. After an approximately three-hour standoff, a woman was removed from the room and arrested. Two men were located and arrested later in the afternoon.
On Saturday evening the RCMP received word that another pickup truck had been stolen in Fort St. John and was possibly travelling to Dawson Creek. A spike belt was deployed successfully on the truck, which had one of its tires punctured and was forced to stop a short distance away.
During a search of the recovered pickup truck, police found a high-powered SKS-style rifle with an attached illegal high capacity drum magazine. The male driver, who police say is associated with the three people arrested earlier that day, was arrested.
“The Dawson Creek RCMP continue to target prolific offenders involved in auto thefts and other associated property crime,” said Staff Sgt. Steve McLeod. “As a result of these investigations, five stolen vehicles have been recovered and a total of five offenders remain in custody facing a variety of charges as the investigation into the extent of their criminal activity continues.”
Police say that the five people arrested are all believed to be associated with each other and are known to police. The suspects remain in custody, and no charges have been laid.