A Vancouver man who dumped the stolen vehicle he was driving was arrested on Monday night in Abbotsford after a three-hour search by police.
The incident began at about 5 p.m., when Abbotsford Police received reports about an erratic driver in the area of Whatcom and South Parallel roads.
Const. Ian MacDonald said witnesses reported that the man, driving a black Mercedes, was passing people on the right and, at one point, appeared to drive toward a pedestrian.
One witness said he thought the driver had possibly pointed a gun at him.
The suspect eventually made his way onto Highway 1 and headed east toward Chilliwack before driving through the grassy median and travelling west, returning to the vicinity of Whatcom Road.
Patrol officers saw the vehicle in the area and eventually located it abandoned in the 36100 block of Waterleaf Place.
Police blocked off roads in the area and began searching for the suspect, including with the use of a K9 unit.
The 34-year-old man was located at about 8 p.m. in the washroom of a restaurant on Whatcom Road and was arrested without further incident.
Police confirmed that the Mercedes had been stolen from Surrey earlier in the day, and they did not find a gun on the man or in the vehicle.
MacDonald said the man has an “extensive criminal history.” The investigation is continuing, and numerous charges are expected.