Two arrested in Port Alberni following crash, break and enter

Two arrested in Port Alberni following crash, break and enter
Police say two people were arrested on Nov. 23 after a crash in Port Alberni.

A man and a woman were arrested in Port Alberni Saturday after they allegedly fled from police following a crash involving a retaining wall.

Police said the man also broke into a senior’s house while running away from the scene of the crash.

According to police, a burgundy-coloured Chrysler Neon car crashed into a signpost then into a retaining wall on Roger Street at 10th Avenue.

Port Alberni RCMP said the car was seen moments before by an officer as the car did not have any licence plates. When the officers attempted to stop the vehicle by using emergency lights, the driver allegedly sped away and drove erratically northbound on 10th Avenue from Maitland Street.

Police said the officer realized the driving behaviour could put the public danger so stopped attempting to stop the vehicle.

The driver of the Neon then attempted a left turn onto Roger Street then lost control of the car, police said. The car ran over a large signpost then crashed into a retaining wall on the north side of Roger Street.

Police said the driver, a 29-year-old male from Port Alberni, fled the scene on foot. A 31-year-old female passenger from Port Alberni also attempted to flee, police said. However, she was arrested at the scene.

The driver was seen running away from the scene then entering an 85-year-old’s house in the 4200-block of 8th Avenue. Police arrested the driver inside the house.

The senior was not injured in the break and enter, police said. There were no injuries reported following the crash.

Police are recommending charges of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Driving while Prohibited, Break and Enter as well as Obstruction against the driver. Police said he is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 4.


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