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South-end police pursuit ends peacefully

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A 36-year-old man of no fixed address is being held in police custody after allegedly assaulting a man then fleeing from Mounties over the Malahat.

It started shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday when Shawnigan Lake RCMP received a report of a man arriving at a Whittaker Road residence intoxicated and carrying a BB gun.

The home's resident called the father of the man with the BB gun for assistance. However, when the father arrived, he was allegedly assaulted by his son.

By 1:10 a.m., Mounties had arrived on scene but were told the man had taken his father's car and fled.

Police followed the vehicle south over the Malahat in a fully marked cruiser with all emergency equipment activated.

"Traffic was minimal at the time and the weather and road conditions were good," police explained in a statement released by Cpl. Dave Mackenzie.

"The individual's speed did not exceed approximately 80 kilometres per hour during the pursuit, nor did he attempt any evasive maneuvers or other efforts to elude police."

The chase came to an end when West Shore RCMP deployed a spike belt at the bottom of the Malahat, at Highway 1 and the West Shore Parkway, "which was run over by the individual causing a soon-after vehicle stop and peaceful surrender to police."

The man was arrested for alleged offences including assault, possession of a weapon, taking an automobile without the owner's consent, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and impaired driving.

He's being held in police custody pending an appearance at the Duncan Law Courts.

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