Wild ride through Surrey ends in driver's arrest
Police watched from a helicopter as car sped through city
RCMP in Surrey, B.C., are adding up the damage after a driver used his car to cause a one-man demolition derby.
The incident began in the early morning hours Friday when the suspect sped away from a traffic stop near the Newton neighbourhood, racing toward North Surrey at speeds of up to 150 km/h, police said.
A police pursuit on the ground wasn’t necessary because the RCMP helicopter, Air One, had a birds-eye view of the car as it sped down residential streets, ignoring traffic lights and stop signs.
Officers moved in when the man tried to leave the car, but he jumped back in, slamming his vehicle into an oncoming police cruiser and a parked car as he fled, slightly injuring the Mountie in the disabled cruiser.
As Air One hovered above, the driver proceeded east, eventually careening over a spike belt and glancing off another police cruiser before it stopped against the fence of a home near 96th Avenue and Scott Road.
A 21-year-old man known to police was placed under arrest and faces numerous charges.
Officers located a large quantity of illicit drugs and cash in the vehicle.
"This kind of reckless driving behaviour put the public at tremendous risk and could have caused serious injury to innocent drivers or pedestrians on the roadways," says Cpl. Drew Grainger.