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3 arrested after Coquihalla Highway police chase, hunt for suspects in Metro Vancouver carjacking: RCMP

Merritt RCMP have arrested three individuals in reference to a Metro Vancouver carjacking after an tried site visitors cease led to the closure of the Coquihalla Highway on Wednesday.

Sgt. Josh Roda stated officers from a number of items tried to cease a black Dodge Ram on the mountain freeway, believing the automobile had beforehand been stolen in Coquitlam, B.C., round 130 kilometres to the west.

But police stated the automobile tried to evade officers by taking a facet highway off the freeway between Hope and Merritt.

When the automobile turned caught, Roda says three individuals ran from the automobile. Witness experiences stated one of many suspects was carrying a firearm, based on police.

Officers from Merritt RCMP and the South-East District Emergency Response Team started a floor search, and shortly discovered and arrested a lady. 

Several hours later, two male suspects had been discovered and arrested with out incident. 

During the search, a close by Trans Mountain pipeline worksite was evacuated for staff’ security and the freeway was closed for a number of hours, police stated.

“Without realizing [the suspects’] identities or their intentions, and experiences indicating they had been armed, we felt it was finest to maintain all members of the general public from the scene,” stated Roda.

A nonetheless taken from video shot through the closure of the Coquihalla Highway on Nov. 23 reveals a line of emergency automobiles driving towards the scene of an tried site visitors cease and escape of three suspects. (Kevin Cage)

Police say they’ve confirmed the Dodge Ram was stolen from Coquitlam and had a licence plate stolen from Langley, however Roda stated, “there isn’t a indication that these suspects are associated to any current high-profile occasions in the Lower Mainland, or Merritt.”

On Tuesday, a number of individuals had been injured in an armed theft at a automotive dealership in Coquitlam, B.C., that resulted in a automobile chase, gunfire and the short-term closure of Highway 1.

In Merritt, a person believed to be related to current shootings in the town was arrested after a standoff with police on Wednesday.

Anyone with data or dashcam footage from the realm of Juliet Bridge close to the Coquihalla summit between 11:30 a.m. and a couple of p.m. is requested to contact police.



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