Two RCMP vehicles collide in Nanaimo during pursuit of stolen pickup

Two Mounties received minor injuries Wednesday when their police cruisers collided in Nanaimo.

Officers in Nanaimo RCMP’s street crimes unit saw a stolen Dodge Ram pickup truck driving northbound on the Island Highway about 2 p.m.

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Mounties put a plan in place to stop the vehicle without putting the public or officers at risk, said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.

Police cruisers surrounded the truck as it reached a red light at the Island Highway and Northfield Road, blocking the driver’s escape route.

The brakes failed on one of the police vehicles, which came from another detachment, causing it to strike the driver’s side door of a Nanaimo cruiser.

Two officers received minor injuries but did not require hospitalization and remained on duty.

“The safety of the suspect was not jeopardized during the collision,” O’Brien said.

The 26-year-old male driver of the truck was arrested.

Police search the vehicle, reported stolen in Nanaimo on Oct. 26, and found a replica Uzi gun, ammunition, knives and what is thought to be cocaine.

The man faces charges of possession of stolen property, possession for the purpose of trafficking and firearms charges.

He was expected to appear in Nanaimo provincial court on Thursday.

— Times Colonist

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