The Quesnel RCMP seized a loaded handgun, drugs and stolen property after a female driver fled from the police twice within one hour this past weekend.
On Saturday, Nov. 23 at approximately 4 a.m., members of the Quesnel RCMP attempted to check the occupants of an SUV that was parked at a hardware store on Reid Street, according to a press release from the RCMP.
The driver turned off the vehicle headlights and fled north on Highway 97. Due to risk to public safety, the vehicle was not pursued by the police, according to the release.
Approximately 30 minutes later, the police located the vehicle parked in the middle of Highway 97 by the Cottonwood Bridge. When the officers turned on their emergency equipment, the vehicle reversed at a high rate of speed, forcing the officers to turn to avoid a collision.
The driver then drove down a steep embankment and crashed in the ditch.
The female driver and male passenger were arrested, and a search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a loaded handgun and methamphetamine. Also located in the vehicle was stolen property from a break and enter that occurred on Schemenaur Road within hours of the incident.
“The driver of the vehicle had a total disregard for the safety of the public and the police,” Sgt. Richard Weseen said in the release. “She drove erratically, into the opposite lanes of traffic, and without headlights at times. It is very fortunate that no one was injured during this incident.”
The 26-year-old woman and 18-year-old man are facing a number of firearm-, drug- and property-related charges. They are to appear in court for their first appearance on March 10, 2020. Their names have not been released at this time.
The Quesnel RCMP are reminding the public to report any suspicious vehicles and activities to the Quesnel RCMP at 250-992-9211 or Crimestoppers.