The Prince George RCMP had their hands full yesterday after a prolific offender led the police on a car chase.
At around 1pm, an officer on patrol tried to pull over a red Pontiac Sunfire on Upland Street.
The driver of the car took off straight through the stop sign at the intersection of Upland Street and Ferry Avenue and then proceeded towards Queensway.
Along Ferry Avenue the driver dangerously passed a truck on the right hand side.
The officer stopped the chase due to the dangerous driving of the suspect.
A short time later the car collided with a full size pick-up truck, but continued on despite significant damage.
Police then re-engaged the pursuit.
The suspect drove onto Moyie Street towards Village Avenue, crossed a residential front lawn, and collided with some boulders.
The Sunfire continued to travel at slow speed along Village Avenue towards Norwood Street.
He then went straight through the stop sign and into another front yard hitting a snowbank.
The driver was able to free the car and continue onto Norwood Street northbound towards a dead end.
He accelerated towards a cement barrier at the end of the street, the car then struck the barrier and got stuck on top of it.
The suspect exited the vehicle, but he refused of comply with police commands, and a struggle ensued.
The man, who was known to the two officers, continued to fight and appeared to be reaching for something in his pocket.
A Police Dog Service team arrived, and Azar the police dog helped in subduing the suspect.
The suspect was handcuffed a short time later.
Two knives were located on him or on the ground in close proximity.
Methamphetamine, heroin, a significant sum of cash, drug trafficking paraphernalia, ammunition, a loaded pellet gun, break and enter tools and two homemade weapons were seized as part of the investigation.
The entire event took place in less than 10 minutes.
The suspect was taken to the University Hospital of Northern BC for treatment of minor bite wounds.
The driver of the pick-up truck and the officers on scene were not injured.
Neil Romeo Joseph Hamel, a 40 year old Prince George resident is facing the following charges:
· Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
· Fail to Stop for Police
· Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (2 counts)
· Resist Arrest
· Possession of Ammunition Contrary to Order
· Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
Hamel is well known to police and is on the Prince George RCMP’s Prolific Offender list.
If you have any information on this incident, please call the Prince George RCMP or Crime Stoppers.