Nanaimo RCMP say prolific offender arrested in a stolen vehicle

Nanaimo RCMP say prolific offender arrested in a stolen vehicle
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Nanaimo RCMP says a prolific offender was arrested after ramming into a police vehicle with a stolen car Wednesday.

Police say an officer patrolling the area of Cedar saw an older model Honda Civic being driven erratically, which was later determined to be stolen days before.

After other officers were alerted, a member of the Nanaimo Street Crimes Unit spotted the vehicle around at 1:30 p.m. in the area of Ninth Street being driven dangerously.

RCMP say the officer activated the emergency equipment to his unmarked vehicle in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the suspect driver instead appeared to accelerate and drove into the front grill of the police vehicle.

There was significant front end damage to the police car.

Police say the suspect vehicle continued driving dangerously for a few more minutes until it was driven across a lawn, then over a curb and came to a stop in a ditch off Park Ave.

30-year-old Brandon Sharp of Nanaimo was arrested on numerous criminal code and motor vehicle act charges.

Two adult female passengers were also arrested but later released.

Sharp appeared in Nanaimo Provincial court Thursday on two charges of possession of stolen property and one count each of dangerous driving and breach of probation.

RCMP say he was released from custody and is due back in court on February 11.


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