An investigation into a bizarre chase down Evans Road early Halloween morning has uncovered a cache of stolen goods, and led to multiple charges against two individuals.
Chilliwack RCMP were following up on a complaint of dangerous driving when they located a stolen vehicle.
The complaint stemmed from an incident that began in the early hours of Oct. 31. An RCMP member had seen a brown Ford Ranger pulling a trailer southbound on the Eagle Landing Parkway, drifting across the center line as it went. The officer turned his car around and followed the truck, which veered sharply into oncoming traffic. It then went through the Evans Road roundabout in the wrong direction.
The officer turned on the patrol vehicle’s lights and sirens in an attempt to get the truck to pull over.
The driver ignored him. The truck sped up on Evans Road, still driving the oncoming lane and forcing another 10 vehicles off the road. Another five were forced to the side on South Sumas Road, at which point the officer decided it was too dangerous to continue.
“A suspect has been identified,” RCMP Const. Ashley St. Germaine said at the time.
Three days later police searched a property in the 4700 block of Columbia Valley Highway near Cultus Lake.
What police found included vehicles, travel trailers, quads, motorcycle, and a transport trailer, along with other property.
Police are still trying to determine the rightful owners.
Two individuals have been charged: Blake Dunstall, 30, of Chilliwack has been charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property, multiple counts of driving while disqualified and breach of probation. Dunstall was also charged with flight from a peace officer and dangerous driving stemming from the Oct. 31 incident.
Melody Lingenfelter, 33, of Chilliwack, has been charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property and identity theft.
Both will be appearing in Chilliwack court at a later date.