Suspect scraps with police during arrest in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Mounties take a lickin', but keep on tickin' to subdue suspect wanted for several warrants on the weekend.

A suspect refused to go down without a fight with Nanaimo RCMP members on the weekend.

The suspect, wanted on four outstanding warrants, was spotted getting into a car on Northfield Road Saturday at about 11:30 a.m. by a pair of off-duty Mounties.

The Mounties called in the suspect’s location, type of car he was riding in, its licence plate number and direction of travel, so members who were on duty could track him down.

Police stopped the car a short time later near the intersection of Turner Road and Glacier Way, but when they approached, the suspect dove out of the car from the back seat through the front passenger side window.

During the ensuing struggle, officers were repeatedly kicked at and punched while rolling through thick brush with the suspect, who was only subdued after pepper spray, batons and a Taser were deployed.

Cuffed, fatigued and outnumbered, he was deposited into the back of a police car.

The altercation resulted in scrapes and bruises, but neither the suspect nor arresting officers required medical attention.

Scott Douglas Holmes, 28, of Nanaimo, already wanted for two counts of breach of recognizance plus two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, faced a provincial court judge Sunday charged with resisting arrest and breach of undertaking (possession of a cellphone).

Holmes remains in custody until his next appearance in Nanaimo provincial court Tuesday (Aug. 14).

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