High speed pursuit involves chopper, cars and dog

Surrey man faces several charges after pursuit Thursday.



A 24-year-old Surrey resident trying to evade police soon found himself tracked by squad cars, a police dog and a police helicopter.

A car raced through Surrey streets early Thursday morning and caught the eye of the Lower Mainland District Traffic Services helicopter, known as Air 2.

Racing at well above posted limits, the car sped east on 84 Avenue, passing another vehicle on a double solid yellow line.

The driver then went through a stop sign at 82 Avenue without stopping and continued his tear at speeds well in excess of 100 km/h.

Marked police cars located the vehicle near the intersection of 160 Street and 76 Avenue.

The suspect attempted to drive around the police vehicle, but was cut off.

Police allege the driver then rammed the cruiser, just before he was forced from the road.

The suspect then took off on foot.

Air 2 continued to track him as he climbed fences and ran through yards.

He was found by a police dog hiding in the back yard of a house on 161 Street.

He was subsequently arrested.

“This type of driving put the public at such incredible risk,” said Sgt. Peter Thiessen, spokesperson for the RCMP’s Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service.

Police are considering recommending charges of assault with a weapon, assault police officer, dangerous driving, flight, obstruction and two counts of breach of conditions.