Nanaimo RCMP and B.C. Ambulance Service are south of Nanaimo at Beck Road and the Trans-Canada Highway. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Stolen pickup truck recovered during arrest south of Nanaimo

Two suspects were arrested in connection with a stolen pickup truck in Cassidy on Thursday evening

Two suspects were arrested in connection with a stolen pickup truck south of Nanaimo on Thursday evening.

A suspect was bitten by a police dog during the arrest, which happened in Cassidy, just off the Trans-Canada Highway near Beck Road.

Const Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the stolen vehicle was initially spotted up around Parksville late Thursday afternoon, but police made the decision not to give chase due to heavy traffic and weather conditions.

Police continued actively looking for the vehicle, however, without using lights or sirens, and saw it again on rural roads east of the highway in Cassidy.

“The suspect vehicle made its way back towards the highway, at which point they tried to make an illegal left turn and went off the roadway into the ditch…” O’Brien said. “While the vehicle was trying to get out, it punched out of the ditch and hit one of our vehicles.”

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The driver allegedly fled on foot, but RCMP Police Dog Services were right there.

“The police dog caught the bad guy and the individual suffered a couple bites,” said O’Brien.

He initially told the News Bulletin that an RCMP member had also suffered a dog bite, but said now that was a misunderstanding in the police report, and the officer suffered a hand injury during the arrest but not from a dog bite.

The man who fled was arrested, as was a male passenger who remained in the pickup and did not resist arrest. The suspect and a police officer were taken to hospital for treatment.

The incident on the side of the highway slowed southbound traffic.

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