An update to this investigation is available here: https://www.nwpolice.org/blog/2023/05/19/charges-approved-against-suspect-following-carjacking-and-dangerous-driving-in-uptown/
New Westminster – On May 17th at approximately 1:40 pm the New Westminster Police Department was made aware of numerous calls to 9-1-1 where witness described seeing a taxi driving erratically in the Uptown neighbourhood. Witnesses described the taxi striking other vehicles and pedestrians fleeing from the scene.
Officers flooded the area to locate the taxi. When officers located the taxi, officers used their vehicles to block it in place. One suspect was taken into police custody and transported to local hospital with minor injuries.
“There was a very real concern for the safety of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users,” stated Sergeant Andrew Leaver. “This vehicle was driving erratically in one of the busiest areas of our city. This was an extremely high risk situation and we’re thankful no one was seriously injured.”
This investigation is in its early stages. At this time, police believe the taxi was stolen and that this is a carjacking. If you have video footage of this incident we ask that you reach out to investigators by calling 604-525-5411. As a result of these events numerous roads in Uptown were closed as police collected evidence. The New Westminster Police Department thanks residents and business owners for their patience.
Contact person: Hailey Finnigan