A 32-year-old Vancouver man was arrested for possession of a stolen car, which police suspect he was driving while intoxicated.
Ridge Meadows RCMP received a report of a car heading northbound on the Golden Ears Bridge, from Surrey and Langley into Maple Ridge.
“A citizen followed the suspected impaired driver to downtown Maple Ridge, where police intercepted the vehicle,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP Sgt. Dale Somerville.
Upon seeing a police car, the suspect pulled into a residential driveway in the 22500 block of Royal Crescent, the sergeant said.
A police computer check of the licence plate number provided by the citizen showed the Nissan SUV had been reported stolen to Burnaby RCMP on Tuesday, May 1.
Police quickly took the suspect into custody without incident.
“We commend the citizen for the actions taken in calling police. This citizen kept police updated on the location of the suspect until it was stopped by the local detachment members. Police have future plans to partner with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to encourage all motorists to report possible drunk drivers,” explained Somerville.
The suspect remains in custody pending a court appearance. In addition to possession of stolen property charges, RCMP are also recommending a charge of failing to obey a probation order.
In other news, a motorcyclists is hoping that nobody else experiences what happened to him at 5:35 a.m. last Sunday.
As Pitt Meadows resident Denis Serena leaned into a corner his motorcycle slid out from beneath him when the tires hit a large oil patch on the road.
The 49-year-old has been taking the same commute along Maple Meadows Way under the Golden Ears Bridge overpass to and from his job at Save-On-Foods in Maple Ridge for years.
“I know that route, I always take it,” he added.
Serena called 911 and initially declined ambulance attention, but he was later told he was in shock because he was still trying to go to work – on his crashed motorcycle, he explained.
“I’m really quite happy with the way my safety equipment worked, it took the brunt of the hit,” said Serena.
He is angry because ICBC informed him that his insurance will have to cover the accident because no one witnessed any one spill oil on the road.
“I want everyone to know how dangerous this is to riders and hope this does not happen again.”
His advice at that corner: “All bikers beware.”