Stolen truck triggers police chase ending in Vancouver
A stolen Ford F350 jumped a police road block early Monday morning at the Dinsmore Bridge while leading local Mounties on a chase that began at No. 2 Road and Blundell and ended near the Marine Drive Canada Line station in Vancouver.
Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said the 34-year-old man who they believe stole the pick-up truck is actually a prolific offender with two outstanding arrest warrants. Michael George Kenneth Reddy is now facing more charges including possession of stolen property and dangerous driving.
Around 4:20 a.m. Monday, Richmond RCMP received a call from a home on the 8000 block of Colonial Drive.
A homeowner heard his vehicle driven away from his residence, and contacted police who then broadcast an alert to officers out on patrol.
The vehicle was spotted about an hour later heading toward the Dinsmore Bridge, and the Vancouver Police Department was then contacted.
Officers deployed a spike belt at the bridge, but the Ford didn't stop despite four deflated tires, travelling on wheel rims alone.
The vehicle sped toward the Marine Drive Canada Line station, where the driver allegedly ditched the vehicle and fled on foot.
The area was cordoned off, and a Vancouver police dog unit began to track the suspect, who was found around 6:30 a.m. hiding under a retaining wall next to the Fraser River.
The suspect was loaded aboard a Coast Guard hovercraft and taken for hypothermia treatment.
"This is another example of police agencies and their partners coming together to bring about successful conclusions to investigations," Turley said.
Reddy has two warrants related to a stolen vehicle in Richmond from March 2010, and a dangerous driving incident in North Vancouver a month earlier.