A man behind the wheel of a car reported stolen Tuesday morning in Nanaimo has been charged after appearing in court Wednesday.
33-year-old Tyler Walter Orenchuk has been charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000 and driving while prohibited.
A Nanaimo RCMP officer, while working alone, drew his gun at the three suspects inside the car after tracking it down at Bowen Road and Dufferin Crescent while it was stopped in traffic.
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The car was reported stolen around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning from a driveway at a central Nanaimo home.
After spotting the car on Bowen Road, the officer turned his police vehicle around and positioned it so the suspects could not get out after he caught up with them.
“Affecting an arrest of an unknown subject from a stolen vehicle can be a high-risk scenario,” Nanaimo RCMP Sgt. Jon Stuart said.
“Until the risks are known, each situation is treated as high risk until it is known to be otherwise. In this case, there were three unknown persons.”
Several police cars showed up soon after to block off the entire intersection and police arrested all three inside.
The two other occupants of the vehicle were released without charges.