Gravel truck driver’s quick thinking helps stop Victoria Police pursuit suspect from getting away
A dramatic scene unfolded in Victoria Friday afternoon, as police pursued a suspect who is known to police.
The suspect was driving a white SUV on Craigflower Ave near Sunnyside in Vic West.
As police closed in, the driver tried to pull ahead of a dump truck.
But the quick-thinking gravel truck driver says he saw the suspect’s vehicle peel out and try to speed past him so he moved his truck to block him from getting away from police.
Witnesses say the suspect vehicle then collided with an on-coming car.
Suspect steals scooter and tries to flee crash scene
The suspect took off on foot and ran towards a person on a moped. Witnesses say the suspect punched the moped driver in the head twice, knocking him to the ground.
He then jumped on the moped to try and flee but quickly lost control and wiped out, sliding the moped under the dump truck.
The suspect started to run again and the scooter’s owner chased after him.
That’s when a police dog arrived on scene, biting both men and ending the dramatic chase which was all linked to an alleged assault and possible pistol whipping near Mount Doug Beach in Saanich earlier in the day.
“We were on the lookout for that vehicle as probably every department in the region was, our officer who was in plain clothes spotted that vehicle and called for back-up,” says Bowen Osoko of the Victoria Police. “The occupants of the vehicle, they spotted our officers and took off at high speed.”
Victoria Police say they called off the high-speed chase almost immediately, due to safety concerns.
But thanks to the gravel truck driver, the suspect — who’s known to police — was taken into custody.
No word yet on what charges may be laid.