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RCMP use spike belt in arrest of man

May 03 2012

RCMP deployed a spike belt to stop a man who fled police after he assaulted his father in Shawnigan Lake.

Someone called Shawnigan Lake RCMP around 1 a.m. Wednesday to report that an intoxicated man carrying a pellet gun was threatening people at a home on Whittaker Road near the Malahat summit. The man’s father was called to try to defuse the situation, but was assaulted by his son, who fled in the father’s car.

A Mountie located the suspect vehicle and followed it with lights and sirens on. The man continued south toward Langford.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP called the West Shore detachment. As traffic was minimal, weather and road conditions were good and the man was not going more than 80 kilometres an hour, officers determined a spike belt would be safe to use.

The car drove over the spike belt, causing its tires to deflate and police were able to arrest the man.

He is facing a host of charges including assault, possession of a weapon, taking a car without the owner’s consent, dangerous driving, impaired driving and failure to stop for police.

The 36-year-old man was being held in police custody until an appearance in Duncan court on Wednesday.