The New Skeena River Bridge on Hwy 16 was closed Nov. 29 for almost two hours in Terrace. (Natalia Balcerzak/Terrace Standard)

The New Skeena River Bridge on Hwy 16 was closed Nov. 29 for almost two hours in Terrace. (Natalia Balcerzak/Terrace Standard)

Two suspects arrested following police chase in Terrace

Two police cruisers and a civilian vehicle were damaged

Two people are in custody after a police chase in Terrace closed down the Dudley Little Bridge near Ferry Island on Nov. 29.

At approximately 9:15 a.m., Terrace RCMP responded to a report of a possible impaired driver in a maroon Ford truck and located the truck shortly after on Hwy 16.

The Ford truck crashed into two police cruisers and a civilian vehicle before coming to a stop. A youth was arrested in the truck, but the other suspect fled from the crash on foot onto Ferry Island leading police to pursue the man, reads a Terrace RCMP press release.

Alongside police, the provincial Conservation Authority and a RCMP dog services unit were called to help with the investigation and located the suspect after a rigorous search.

Witness Sharlene King says she was driving westbound on Hwy 16 when she saw the police chase come through. She was in her Chevrolet Spark vehicle when the Ford truck passed her and drove through the centre of the roundabout.

“To get into the roundabout, he comes barreling beside me right over the red bricks at the centre of the roundabout… he was then weaving in and out of all the traffic,” King says.

“And two cops came up behind me so I knew they were on his tail… the bread truck was then across the whole highway.”

Steve Lavoie, owner and operator of the local Weston franchise, was driving the Wonder Bread truck that helped stop the highway pursuit.

He brought his 10-year-old daughter on her day off of school to work and they were on their way into town to run deliveries when he saw police cruisers trying to stop the Ford truck.

“The cops came by, tried blocking the road and the guys got past them so we blocked the road for them,” Lavoie says. “We didn’t feel much when they hit us, my truck’s pretty big and they had slowed down before hitting us.”

The Ford truck hit the back of Lavoie’s vehicle, but he says there weren’t any damages. He was able to drive away to finish up his work errands after the suspects were arrested and the Ford pickup was towed.

”The cops didn’t want to tow the truck until they caught the guy… it sounds more exciting than it actually was,” says Lavoie. “We just sat there for two hours, playing on our phones and answering a bunch of messages from everybody.”

A Hazelton-area man was arrested for numerous offences including assaulting a police officer with a weapon, possession of stolen property, flight from police, obstruction, driving while prohibited, dangerous driving, and possession of property obtained by crime exceeding $5,000.

The youth was arrested for possession of stolen property as well. No one was injured in the collision.

Hwy 16 was closed between Walmart and the roundabout for approximately 90 minutes while police investigated.

All drivers were redirected onto the Old Skeena River Bridge to cross the river, causing a heavy delay in traffic. All transit services to Thornhill were also inaccessible at the time being.

As large transport vehicles and trucks were not permitted to cross the Old Skeena River Bridge, they were stalled at both ends of Hwy 16 waiting for the Dudley Little Bridge.

 

(Natalia Balcerzak/Terrace Standard)

(Natalia Balcerzak/Terrace Standard)

Large transport vehicles and trucks were not permitted to cross the Old Skeena River Bridge, and were stalled for approximately two hours at both ends of Hwy 16 waiting for the New Skeena River Bridge to reopen. (Natalia Balcerzak/Terrace Standard)

Large transport vehicles and trucks were not permitted to cross the Old Skeena River Bridge, and were stalled for approximately two hours at both ends of Hwy 16 waiting for the New Skeena River Bridge to reopen. (Natalia Balcerzak/Terrace Standard)

Just Posted

President of the Tahltan Central Government, Chad Norman Day, surveys Tahltan territory by helicopter in this July 2019 handout photo. The Tahltan Nation and the British Columbia government have struck what officials say is a historic agreement for shared decision-making for the nation’s territory in northwestern B.C., a hot spot for mineral exploration. Day says the deal shows they are “getting closer and closer to a true nation-to-nation relationship.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Tahltan Central Government
Tahltan Nation, B.C. government sign agreement for shared decision-making

Deal commits the province and the northwest B.C. nation to developing a land-use plan

Tahltan First Nation wildlife guardian, Jarett Quock, above and below right, was awarded the Outstanding Individual Leadership Award by the Indigenous Leadership Initiative on June 3. (Photos courtesy Adam Amir)
Tahltan wildlife guardian receives outstanding leadership award

Jarett Quock’s contributions were recognised by the Indigenous Leadership Initiative

Taylor Bachrach, NDP MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley addresses Parliament on June 7, in call for the federal government to stop fighting Indigenous children in court and to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action. (Image: supplied from Facebook)
NDP motion calling for immediate reconciliation action passes

Skeena-Bulkley MP Taylor Bachrach addresses federal Parliament

The farmhouse in Glentanna where the founding meeting of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union took place on April 14, 1941. (BV Museum archive)
Bulkley Valley Credit Union announces finalists for legacy project donation

Community can vote for one of the three finalists from each area

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

Most Read