(CMR) A 50-year-old George Town man who attempted to evade police in a stolen vehicle on Wednesday, failing to stop at pre-set control points and driving in a reckless manner, is in custody.
He was arrested on suspicion of taking away a conveyance without the owner’s consent, reckless and negligent act, dangerous driving, and a host of other traffic driving offenses.
According to the RCIPS, just after 1 pm, police were dispatched by the 9-1-1 Communications Centre to Mary Street where it was reported that a black Jeep Cherokee had been stolen from a parking lot.
Just after 3 pm, a police officer in the Beach Bay area of Bodden Town observed the vehicle being driven at high speed and in a reckless and dangerous manner. The officer maintained a static position, but provided information to other units on the direction of travel of the suspect vehicle.
Due to the dangerous manner in which the vehicle was being driven, the decision was made in the interest of public safety to establish traffic control points. Responding officers from the George Town area, along with the Air Operations Unit, coordinated strategic traffic control points at various locations along Shamrock Road, Crewe Road, Fairbanks area, and the Linford Pearson Highway in an effort to contain the suspect vehicle and prevent a high-speed collision, while the progress of the vehicle was monitored with the assistance of the AOU.
The driver of the suspect vehicle continuously evaded and failed to stop at the pre-set control points and continued to drive recklessly and dangerously, eventually colliding with three other vehicles on the roadway before coming to a stop on the Linford Pierson Highway in the vicinity of the Agnes Way roundabout.
The driver of the vehicle, who was the single occupant, fled the vehicle on foot. Following a short foot pursuit, he was apprehended and arrested by officers, and he remains in police custody pending further investigations.