By John Colebourn, The Vancouver Sun
SURREY — A group of Surrey motorists took the law into their own hands Sunday morning and apprehended a suspected impaired driver following a bizarre multi-car crash.
An Acura being driven eastbound along 96 Avenue at 128 Street at 9:40 a.m. first struck a Subaru SUV in the left-turn lane. The car continued into the oncoming lane and smashed into a Toyota and a BMW before it stopped on the median strip.
As people approached, the man inside allegedly pulled a knife and tried to flee. The group managed to contain the man, but as RCMP arrived he again tried to make a getaway. Police were able to catch him and take him into custody.
According to Surrey RCMP Insp. Rick Burns the man faces numerous charges, including driving with stolen licence plates. “We believe the car had stolen plates,” he said.
Burns also said they are looking at impaired driving and both alcohol and drug impairment is being reviewed.
After the suspect’s vehicle crashed into the three cars, Burns said bystanders went into action. “He tried to flee on foot and the public grabbed him,” he said.
And while Burns said police commend people for helping with the crime busting, they warn the public that with all the recent gun violence in Surrey a suspect could have a firearm and be dangerous.