Two men were arrested Wednesday morning after a pickup truck driver allegedly collided with two unmarked police cars north of Ladysmith.
According to Nanaimo RCMP, there were two collisions in the area of Roberts Road in Yellowpoint at around 8 a.m. after Nanaimo RCMP officers saw a stolen older model Dodge 3/4 ton pickup truck in that area.
An officer in an unmarked police vehicle approached the truck before the driver allegedly drove directly at the unmarked vehicle and onto its hood, before continuing to drive.
Police said moments later, the driver drove up and onto the engine hood of a second unmarked police car and became lodged on the hood and windshield. Both police vehicles were destroyed and the two officers received minor injuries.
The driver of the pickup truck and the passenger fled on foot and were arrested within minutes. An RCMP police dog and the RCMP Emergency Response Team assisted with the arrest.
One of the suspects, a 47-year-old man, was bitten by the dog several times and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was released several hours later and taken into police custody. The other suspect, a 32-year-old man, was taken to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment and is also in police custody.
Police are continuing to investigate. Const Gary O’Brien, media relations officer with Nanaimo RCMP, said both individuals are facing numerous criminal code and driving-related charges. Their names have not been released at this time.