An incident in which a Richmond police officer was seriously injured and a woman suffered minor injuries ended in New Westminster on Tuesday morning.
The sequence of events began at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the Vancouver Police Department alerted Richmond RCMP that a stolen car had entered their city.
Richmond plainclothes officers immediately responded in unmarked police cars and were guided to the suspected stolen car by an onboard navigation system.
Richmond officers located a man outside of the stolen vehicle in the area of Smith and Douglas Streets in Richmond.
"Our officers attempted to arrest the adult male suspect, however he ignored police commands," Staff Sgt. Dave Conrod, spokesperson for the Richmond RCMP, said in a press release. "The suspect got back into the stolen vehicle and allegedly rammed two police vehicles, injuring one Richmond plainclothes officer before speeding away."
The man is then alleged to have struck another car at River Drive and No. 5 Road, causing minor injuries to the woman driving her car. The woman's four-year-old son, a passenger in the car, was not injured.
The Air 1 police helicopter attended the area and was able to safely follow the suspect vehicle into New Westminster.
New Westminster Police Service members also followed the stolen vehicle in support of Air 1.
The chase ended up in New Westminster, where the man entered a New Westminster car dealership, Key West Ford, and tried to flee on foot, but was soon arrested by New Westminster police officers.
"This suspect showed no concern for the safety of innocent people on the road, and one of our officers is seriously injured," said Conrod.
A 40-year-old Surrey man is now in police custody in Richmond.