An attempt by a suspect to flee police on his bicycle came to an abrupt stop when he crashed into a Nanaimo police car.
According to Nanaimo RCMP, the incident happened shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday when police were called to a break-and-enter at the Eagles Hall on Fraser Street in downtown Nanaimo.
“Our guys got there and they saw a guy running away, carrying his bike,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “They told him to stop. He took off on his bike.”
Other police arrived in time to block the suspect’s path on the street.
“Unbeknownst to the members, the suspect, who wasn’t wearing a helmet and had no brakes on his bike, couldn’t stop,” O’Brien said.
Police administered first aid at the scene before taking the 40-year-old suspect to the hospital, where he was treated for a variety of scrapes and bruises.
He was released on a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial court at a later date, for being out past his curfew, which was one of his parole conditions for a prior offence.
“The investigation into the break-and-enter is continuing,” O’Brien said.
Anyone with information, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or submit a tip online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.