A man is in custody after a vehicle plowed into the Nanaimo RCMP detachment parking lot this morning.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., a male drove his vehicle into the rear parking lot of the Nanaimo police detachment on Milton Street, striking a dumpster and then hitting an occupied unmarked police cruiser, according to Nanaimo RCMP.
Cpl. Jon Stuart, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, told the News Bulletin that the unmarked police car was occupied with three officers and that there were two other officers nearby who were almost hit.
“The vehicle accelerated rapidly striking a garbage dumpster, knocking it aside, and continued into the back parking lot and struck an unmarked police vehicle that was occupied,” Stuart said. “No officers were hurt.”
Following the incident, the male driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was taken into custody and eventually transported to hospital for examination, according to Stuart, who said the investigation is still ongoing and that no charges have been laid at the moment.
“Our investigation is still in its infancy,” Stuart said. “We are trying to figure everything out right now.”
The incident led to the closure of Milton Street at Fitzwilliam Street, with only local traffic being allowed access.
No details about the male suspect were provided by Nanaimo RCMP, who believe the incident was no accident.
“We believe it was not accidental,” Stuart said.