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Police cruiser stolen during four-hour chase

Nov 20 2011

A 28-year-old Nanaimo man has been arrested after a four-hour police chase in which the fugitive kicked in the door of a stranger’s home and fled by stealing a police car.

The incident started at 10 p.m. Thursday near the Cedar landfill when a man in an older model Cadillac Eldorado blew by a road block manned by officers with the integrated road safety unit, said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.

The driver sped off and officers found the Eldorado abandoned near the Cedar bridge over the Nanaimo River.

A police dog tracked the man to the water’s edge, which made officers think the driver had gone into the water. But minutes later, a 911 call came in from a nearby homeowner on Raines Road, who said a man had just kicked in her front door and was inside the home, O’Brien said.

At the home, officers found the woman, traumatized but uninjured, but could not find the man.

After backup arrived, the man got inside a police cruiser and reversed out of the driveway. O’Brien said in the haste of getting inside the house to help the woman, an officer had left the keys in the car.

Mounties tracked the cruiser and deployed a spike belt near the Cedar General Store. The car was stopped but the fugitive would not give up. Dogs were again brought in. Around 2 a.m., the man was arrested at a friend’s home on Cedar Road.

Tyler Desmond Fong is charged with dangerous driving, evading police, break and enter, theft of a vehicle and possession of stolen property. He has warrants for his arrest for dangerous driving and possession of stolen property. Fong appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Friday and was remanded in custody.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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