Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for crashing stolen vehicles into a total of six police cars, in Burnaby, B.C., early Sunday.
RCMP say a 38-year-old man drove a stolen Jeep Cherokee into a police cruiser parked in front of the community policing centre near the Lougheed Town Centre Mall just after 1 a.m. PT.
RCMP Insp. Conrad Golbeck says the suspect then got out of the SUV and got into a five-tonne truck that was already in the parking lot, crashing that vehicle into several more police cars.
The impact inflicted "severe damage" on a total of six cruisers. No one was injured.
"This obviously looks like it was targeted against police," Golbeck said. "But whether it was his opportunity just to see a number of vehicles and cause some damage or actually a police-targeted incident is what we're determining."
Golbeck said the suspect drove the truck into a large electric pole before he tried to flee on foot, but was apprehended by police and taken to Burnaby General Hospital for a psychiatric and medical evaluation. While being examined in the ER, police say, the suspect ripped off a sprinkler head forcing an evacuation of the ward.
No patients or staff were injured but in a statement Sunday, the hospital says there was water damage and 18 beds were affected.
The ER at Burnaby General has since re-opened, although officials are encouraging patients to go to other hospitals.
In a statement released Sunday afternoon, police said the Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen in Surrey, B.C. on Saturday. RCMP also said they were looking into an incident at a Fraser Health facility in Surrey on Saturday where a man became agitated, broke off a sprinkler head inside the building and then drove away in a jeep.
Police said they will be recommending a number of charges including mischief to property and theft over $5,000.