Employee run over by car thieves in Maple Ridge

  • Jun. 10, 2011 8:00 p.m.

An man who works for a trucking company in east Maple Ridge was run over by a pair of car thieves early Thursday as they fled the business in a stolen SUV.

Staff found a blue 2000 Ford Explorer parked outside the company’s office on Lougheed Highway around 4:15 a.m.

Police allege two men got into the SUV and drove directly at an employee who stood in front of it, knocking him to the ground. The SUV then fled west on Lougheed Highway.

The injured man was taken to hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Coquitlam RCMP later stopping the SUV in Port Coquitlam, where two men, aged 31 and 50, were taken into custody. The pair were held overnight pending a court appearance.


Nursery break-in

Money and two cash registers were stolen early Wednesday during a break-in at Triple Tree Nursery in Maple Ridge.

Three men were seen getting out a green van near the business in the 20500-block of Lougheed Highway around 5:30 a.m.  Police allege the trio managed to get through a security gate and were picked up by the same green van, which drove east on Lougheed Hwy.

The suspects are described as white men in their mid-30s, all approximately six feet tall. They were dressed in black hooded sweatshirts and blue jeans.


Sword story

A woman who brandished a sword in the parking lot of a Pitt Meadows hotel has been charged with failing to abide by a probation order.

Police received a call about the 41-year-old on Monday around 11:30 a.m. after she was seen waving the weapon outside the Ramada Inn.

The woman returned to her room before officers arrived, but she was taken into custody after police found the weapon in her room.

The woman was held in custody for a court appearance on Tuesday.


Traffic jam

A truck that clipped an overhead Telus telephone cable snarled traffic during the evening rush hour Tuesday.

The truck, towing a tank, was forced to stop on railway tracks, causing trains to stop while crews untangled it.


Drunk driver

A Maple Ridge man lost his license for 90 days for drinking and getting behind the wheel.

The 28-year-old was stopped by police in the 11900-block of 222nd Street in Maple Ridge around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The officer noted a smell of liquor on his breath and asked for samples of his breath, which twice produced a “fail” reading on a roadside screening device.

As a result, the man’s license was suspended for 90 days and his truck was impounded for 30 days.