Man drives truck into crowd outside Nanaimo bar

Nanaimo man arrested after driving truck into pub patrons.

Mounties arrested a Nanaimo man who allegedly assaulted three people and drove his pickup truck into a crowd Monday.

The incident happened at the Patricia Hotel on Haliburton Street at about 8:30 p.m. when a man driving by spotted his ex-girlfriend standing with a group of people in front of the pub, police said.

“There was obviously some bad blood between the two of them,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “Witnesses said the accused approached his ex and an argument ensued.”

When bystanders separated the man and woman, the suspect punched one of them in the face. He then got back into his older model Chevy pickup truck, collided with another vehicle and then drove his truck into the group of people, hitting two of the witnesses, police said.

“He fled the scene at a high rate of speed, circling the building several times, squealing the tires and almost losing control,” O’Brien said. “As we approached, he flags us down and says he’s been the victim of an assault.”

The suspect, 44, was treated at the scene by paramedics for cuts on his face and arrested.

He was released on a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial court Jan. 25 to face recommended charges of two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, hit and run and dangerous driving.

“We’re waiting until all the statements are on file to further review it and assess what other charges are appropriate,” O’Brien said.

One of the two men hit by the truck was treated in hospital for an injury to his foot and released that night. The other man received minor injuries that did not require treatment.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

Just Posted

Youth-led projects eligible for grants from Nanaimo Foundation and RBC

Nanaimo Foundation teaming with RBC Future Launch Community Challenge

Clippers play against each other, get ready to play against someone else

Nanaimo’s junior A hockey team held its Rhodesie Cup intrasquad game Wednesday

Nanoose Bay’s Northwest Bay Road again open to the public

Single-lane alternating traffic expected to stretch into September

Ski coach Bertrand Charest’s sentence for sexual abuse reduced

Appeal court judge: ‘His narcissistic personality is still present’

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

VIEX all set for 125th anniversary fair

Vancouver Island Exhibition taking place at Nanaimo’s Beban Park from Aug. 23-25

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 22

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Nanaimo’s ‘Kidney Condo’ accommodates out-of-town dialysis patients

Facility first of its kind on Vancouver Island, according to Kidney Foundation of Canada

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders says an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

Most Read