Photo: Police arrested two people after using a spike belt to deflate the tires of the vehicle they were in./with permission from PJXM News


Two people are in custody after a joint effort by Dawson Creek and Fort St. John RCMP after two armed robberies and a vehicle chase along the Alaska Highway.

Fort St. John RCMP say a 26 year-old male and a 24 year-old female are facing charges of robbery, flight from police and dangerous driving.

Dawson Creek RCMP have previously reported that they responded to an armed robbery call at Dave’s No Frills in the city, around 11:14 a.m., Tuesday. A male had entered the store, approached the pharmacy counter and demanded narcotics. He then produced what appeared to be bear spray.

The man then fled the store and was later spotted in Fort St. John where he allegedly tried to rob the Wholesale Club pharmacy just before 1 p.m. The pharmacist was assaulted with what police believe was bear spray and the suspect stole “a quantity” of pharmaceutical drugs before fleeing in a Dodge pickup truck, which had been stolen out of Grande Prairie earlier that morning.

Fort St. John RCMP say while responding to the Fort St. John robbery call, officers spotted the suspect vehicle and attempted to pull it over, but the driver did not stop and accelerated along the highway. Police then had to stop the chase after the vehicle began driving dangerously, putting the public in danger.

Police then located the vehicle again driving southbound on Highway 97 just after 1:30 p.m. and attempted to pull over the driver. However, police say the driver again began to drive erratically, potentially putting the public in danger, so they stopped their pursuit.

Shortly afterward, an unmarked police car spotted the suspect vehicle and was able to follow it without being noticed by the driver. Police say the unmarked car stayed behind the vehicle, while also contacting Dawson Creek RCMP who set up a spike belt on Highway 97 at Parkland Rd., deflating the suspect’s tires.

The vehicle then stopped and the two suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Police are asking that anyone who was robbed Tuesday or has information about these incidents contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.