An 18-year-old Langley man now intends to plead guilty to using pepper spray to assault two undercover RCMP officers.
Dallas Ball also plans to plead guilty to unrelated theft charges in connection with two other incidents in Langley and White Rock when he returns to Surrey Provincial Court on Jan. 17.
A formal notice of intent was filed with the court registry by Ball’s lawyer on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
That headed off an application for an arrest warrant by the prosecutor over Ball’s failure to appear for a Dec. 23 Surrey Provincial Court hearing on charges of assaulting a police officer, assault with a weapon and willfully resisting or obstructing a police officer.
Ball was arrested on Nov. 2 in the City of Langley shortly after the daytime incident.
Two Langley RCMP Street Enforcement Unit officers spotted two men walking through an alley, one of them wanted on an outstanding warrant.
When the plainclothes Mounties identified themselves as police, both suspects fled on foot.
As the officers pursued the suspects in the 5600 block of 206 Street on foot, police said the man with the outstanding warrant turned and sprayed the officers with bear spray.
Both officers recovered after they were treated at the scene by paramedics.
Police swarmed the area and quickly made an arrest.
After he was charged, Ball was released from custody on a number of conditions, including a promise to return to court.
Police said they were able to identify the second suspect in the pepper spray incident, but no charges have been laid.
Ball, who sometimes has used the name of Daniel Wagemans, also said he plans to plead guilty to charges of robbery and possession of stolen property in connection with a Sept. 26, 2011 incident in Langley.
He also plans to plead guilty to taking or occupying a “vehicle or vessel” without the consent of the owner and possession of stolen property in connection with a July 15, 2011 incident, in White Rock.
A pre-sentence hearing has been scheduled on the theft charges for Jan. 24.