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Man rams two police cars in Maple Ridge

A man was arrested by police early Sunday in Maple Ridge after ramming two police car in two separate stolen vans.

The incident began around midnight when Ridge Meadows RCMP found a stolen van on Eagle Avenue.

An officer in an unmarked police car followed the van to Cherrywood Drive, when without warning the driver reversed the van into the police car.

Police allege the man then drove towards the end of the cul-de-sac where he abandoned the van and stole a second van in an attempt to flee.

While was trying to escape, the man crashed the second van into a another police cruiser, causing the van to flip onto its side.

The 31-year-old man from Surrey was arrested following the crash. RCMP also fired on the vehicle to stop his escape.

Ridge Meadows and Coquitlam RCMP Serious Crimes units and the Independent Investigations Office are investigating the incident.

Supt. Dave Walsh stressed that at no time were police involved in a pursuit.

"During the incident a police officer discharged his service pistol.  The suspect was not injured due to the discharge of the police firearm, but did sustain minor injuries in the crashes," Walsh added.

The man was treated in hospital and remains in police custody. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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