Two Nanaimo men have been arrested following a hour-long high-speed chase on the Trans-Canada Highway that left two police officers injured and four police vehicles damaged.
The incident began in Nanaimo just before 4 p.m. PT Tuesday when someone fired shots into a vehicle parked next to a daycare near Wakesiah Avenue and 2nd Street.
Police say while several shots were fired into the vehicle, the lone male occupant was not injured.
A witness provided RCMP with a description of the suspects' vehicle, which was spotted by RCMP a few minutes later in south Nanaimo.
The vehicle took off at a high rate of speed down the Island highway toward Ladysmith with the RCMP in pursuit.
Police in Ladysmith tried to stop the vehicle but it sped through that community without stopping.
Meanwhile two Nanaimo RCMP officers involved in the chase were injured after the driver lost control of their unmarked car in Ladysmith. They suffered undisclosed non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.
Eventually police in Duncan managed to stop the suspects' vehicle just before 5 p.m. at the intersection with Coronation Avenue. A witness said police rammed the vehicle to stop it.
Two men in their 20s were arrested for attempted murder and a variety of weapons charges. They are scheduled to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Wednesday.
Police said the motive for the shooting is not known.