Unlicensed driver arrested ‘minutes’ after allegedly stealing vehicle

Unlicensed driver arrested 'minutes' after allegedly stealing vehicle
A 30-year-old man was arrested after he was allegedly caught driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen 20 minutes earlier in Colwood.

Police say a 30-year-old man was arrested after he was caught in a stolen vehicle and then tried to run away from a Saanich police officer.

According to the Saanich Police Department media release, an officer stopped a vehicle that had been driving at a high rate of speed in the 3800-block of Carey Road at around 2 p.m. on June 14.

When the officer got out of his vehicle, the 30-year-old male driver also got out of his vehicle and began “questioning” the reason why he had been pulled over.

Police said once the driver learned he was stopped for speeding, he ran away but ended up in a dead-end stairwell that was nearby and was eventually taken into custody without incident.

The vehicle, according to the Saanich Police Department, had been reported stolen out of Colwood approximately 20 minutes before it was spotted by officers.

“We do recover several stolen vehicles each year however not usually within 30 minutes of it being reported stolen. The vehicle was returned to the registered owner the same day,” Saanich PD Const. Markus Anastasiades said in the release.

The 30-year-old driver was in breach of a court release order and did not possess a driver’s license. He was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, breach of release and obstructing a police officer.

The man is scheduled to appear in court later this year, the release notes.

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