A pickup truck and two unmarked RCMP vehicles were involved in a collision this morning in Yellow Point. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin Two men in a stolen pickup truck fled after ramming two police cars on Roberts Road in Yellow Point this morning, April 25. Both suspects are in custody. (CHRIS BUSH/ The News Bulletin)

Arrests made after pickup collides with two unmarked police cars in Yellow Point

Two men facing numerous charges after allegedly fleeing scene

An RCMP operation in Yellow Point, south of Nanaimo, resulted in a collision between a pickup truck and two unmarked police vehicles this morning.

The incident happened April 25 on Roberts Road close to the Yellow Point Road intersection shortly before 8:30 a.m. after Nanaimo RCMP plain-clothes officers tracked a stolen vehicle to the area.

As police approached, the driver of the stolen truck allegedly drove the vehicle into the front of one police car and then hit a second unmarked police car head-on driving the truck up onto the hood of car. Two men fled the scene.

“The officer who was in the car suffered whiplash and was taken to hospital,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “Two males ran off. They were apprehended with the help of Police Dog Services and are now in custody and will be facing numerous charges.”

The RCMP Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team was also involved in the arrest.

One of the suspects, age 47, received several dog bites and was transported to hospital for treatment. He was released from hospital several hours later into police custody. The second suspect, age 32, was taken directly to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment.

An officer involved in the initial collision was also taken to hospital. Police at the scene said none of the officers involved suffered serious injuries.

Additional police, North Cedar Fire Department, and B.C. Ambulance Service all attended the scene and vehicles required towing.

The investigation is continuing and both individuals face numerous criminal code and driving-related charges.



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