A suspect spent some time in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital being treated for dog bites after ramming three police vehicles with a stolen pickup Thursday.
According to Nanaimo RCMP, the situation unfolded at about 8:45 p.m. when an RCMP member went to a residence on Andres Road to check on a lead about a stolen motorcycle.
There was a blue pickup in the driveway and when the officer parked the police cruiser the pickup’s driver put the truck in reverse and repeatedly rammed the front of the cruiser, moving it enough to clear the driveway.
A police dog service vehicle nearby was moved in to intervene and was also rammed.
The pickup then fled, striking a hedge and a utility pole on the way, but was picked up moments later by a third RCMP member on the Nanaimo Parkway, which followed the partially disabled truck to Aulds Road where it pulled into a driveway and was blocked by the pursuing police cruiser.
The suspect continued try to use the truck to flee and refused to obey commands of RCMP members who finally deployed a police dog to help make an arrest.
The suspect was treated for a dog bite in hospital and released into police custody.
One officer, who suffered a minor injury, was also treated and released.
Damage to police vehicles is estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars, inflicted by the truck, which police discovered was stolen.
Jordan Plamondon, 26, of Parksville, appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Friday to face charges of dangerous driving, failure to stop for police, three counts of assaulting a police officer, driving while prohibited from operating a motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance.