Ferry road rage leads to charges

Surrey man loses control after being told there will be a three sailing wait

Departure Bay ferry terminal

A Surrey man is facing charges after having a meltdown at a Nanaimo ferry terminal.

The 65-year-old man had been waiting to catch a ferry at Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo at about 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.

When he learned there would be a three-sailing wait, the man grew irate, refusing to move his 1998 blue Volvo.

Police were called and an officer explained to the man that he’d have to come back in a few hours, as there was no more room for vehicles.

The man then drove his vehicle onto a sidewalk, and was asked by police to produce his license and registration.

He refused and drove off, but was seen a short time later at Stewart Avenue in Nanaimo.

As the man was being arrested for obstruction, he flipped the car into gear and attempted to take off.

The arresting officer jumped into the car and put it in park.

“He was really irate, there were just massive waits,” said RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong. “It still doesn’t give him the right to do that.”

The man suffered a cut to his head, was treated by ambulance crews.

Armstrong noted that people in a hurry are able to make reservations to ensure they’ve got a spot on a specific sailing.

Charges of obstruction have been recommended, but not yet approved by Crown counsel.

The Nanaimo RCMP are asking any witnesses or anyone with video of the incident to please contact Cst. Tim Bedard at 1-250-754-2345.




Just Posted

Barn fire impacting traffic on 168th Street in Surrey

One lane will be closed from 40th Avenue and 48th Avenue until approximately 10 a.m., police say

Rally planned at Surrey Tim Hortons today

Protests come after two Ontario franchise owners imposed cuts following minimum wage increase

Langley Youth Hub delayed, but on track to open

The youth center and shelter is now nearing completion.

Surrey talk by a woman Oprah calls an ‘astonishingly gifted intuitive’

Canadian tour brings Carolyn Myss to Bell theatre in February

VIDEO: North Delta artist’s new project one part picture book, one part play mat

Come Drive With Me is Heidi Boomer’s first book, and a sequel is already in the works

FURRY FRIDAY: Surrey animal shelter’s adoptee of the week has sad back story

Meet Eclipse, this week’s featured animal currently at Surrey Animal Resource Centre

Christopher Garnier appealing murder conviction in death of off-duty cop

Jury found Garnier guilty in December, rejecting his claim she died accidentally during rough sex

Transportation watchdog must revisit air passenger obesity complaint

Canadian Transportation Agency must take new look at Gabor Lukacs’ complaint against Delta Air Lines

Gas plants verdict coming down today; ex-premier’s top aides to learn fate

Verdict to be delivered on senior staff to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty

5 to start your day

Smoking ban on BC Ferries starts Monday, IHIT uses new strategy in murder investigation and more

Police investigating after body found in East Vancouver

The body was discovered in a parked vehicle

Rock slide closes Hwy. 1 south of Ashcroft until Friday afternoon

A rock slide Thursday afternoon near Spences Bridge closed the highway in both directions

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

Most Read