Whistler RCMP credits a coordinated effort between four neighbouring police agencies, as well as the keen eyes of the public, for helping track down a car full of fleeing suspects in West Vancouver last week.
At about 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, Whistler police noticed a car in the Marketplace parking lot with licence plates that weren't registered to the vehicle. After officers tried to stop the car, the driver fled the scene, heading south on Highway 99, police said. Rather than pursue the vehicle, Whistler police notified the Squamish RCMP that it was headed their way. Squamish police tracked down the vehicle as it entered town, before "the vehicle fled in a dangerous manner southbound," police said. At this point, Mounties notified the West Vancouver Police. The police helicopter Air 1 was also engaged to follow the suspect vehicle, which led them to the Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver.
As a result, four men in their 20s were safely taken into custody, police said. The suspects all hail from the Lower Mainland and are known to police, with one of the men wanted nationally for forcible confinement stemming from a case in Ontario, police said.
"The Whistler RCMP wish to thank our policing partners, Squamish RCMP, Sea to Sky Traffic Services, AIR 1, West Vancouver Police and sharp-eyed members of the public for their assistance in bringing this event to a safe and successful conclusion," the Whistler RCMP statement concluded.