Televised live this morning from a Global TV newscast. RCMP reopened Lougheed Highway to normal traffic just after 11 am, after this morning's police chase. Police say the man at the centre of a dangerous pursuit in Maple Ridge threatened to blow up a bridge before leading officers on a 30 minute chase.
RCMP Constable Dave Babineau says workers at a nearby farm first called 911 after a naked man showed up and stole a five-ton truck. He says they tried to confront him, but backed off because he was acting erratically.
Minutes later, police caught up with the suspect near Harris Road and Lougheed Highway, which is when he made the threat to blow up a bridge, but didn't name a specific span.
Police then pursued the suspect through the streets of Maple Ridge for nearly forty minutes, as he careened into medians and onto sidewalks, at one point smashing into two police cruisers.