Off-duty Burnaby Mountie assists in arrest of police car ramming suspects
2020-05-19 13:35 PDT
File # 2020-20058
An alert, off-duty Burnaby Mountie showed that police officers are never off the job as he assisted with the arrest of two people yesterday in Burnaby.
On Monday, May 18, 2020, at 6:45 a.m., the off-duty officer spotted a man and a woman passed out in a car parked in the 2300-block of Madison Avenue. The officer recognised the man in the driver’s seat, who was prohibited from driving as a local prolific offender. The officer also observed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, called 9-1-1 and provided key updates to dispatch as police were on route.
Once in the area, two frontline officers attempted to block the vehicle, as the man was known to flee from police and has a history of ramming police cars. When the pair awoke, the man is then alleged to have rammed both police vehicles more than once, before managing to get free and flee the scene. After hitting a street sign and another car in the area, the vehicle was driven a short distance and both suspects then fled on foot.
Both suspects were located and taken into custody after a foot pursuit with the assistance of the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services.
The incident has resulted in 11 criminal charges being forwarded between the two suspects. Thanks to the professionalism and actions taken by the two responding police officers, no one suffered any injuries in this incident.
As a police officer, sometimes you’re called upon to take charge, even when off-duty, says Corporal Mike Kalanj.
This officer’s local knowledge, quick thinking and willingness to step up was the driving force in taking these criminals off the street.
Cpl. Michael KalanjMedia Relations Officer
burnaby.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
6355 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 2J2
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