Two men arrested at gunpoint

Two men arrested at gunpoint

Police apprehend driver and passenger on Foster Street

White Rock police arrested two men at gunpoint Monday evening, after an attempt to stop a Dodge Avenger led to the discovery of a prohibited driver.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. on Foster Street near North Bluff Road.

A witness told Peace Arch News she saw a police car block off a mid-size car, and an officer draw his gun on the occupants, “yelling for the driver to get out of the car, put his hands on the hood and for the passenger to keep his hands on the dash or he might get shot.”

Const. Janelle Shoihet said the incident started when the officer attempted to pull over a vehicle that was registered to a prohibited driver. The vehicle was eastbound in the 14800-block of North Bluff Road when it was first spotted, and the driver did not respond to the officer’s efforts to stop it.

The driver “made some evasive maneuvers to try and get away,” Shoihet said.

The vehicle went through a red light and turned onto Foster Street, and then the officer saw the driver switch places with the passenger, she said.

The officer drew his gun when the vehicle occupants failed to comply with demands.

“He was yelling at them to do something and the passenger wasn’t listening,” Shoihet said. “He was putting his hands down.”

Two Surrey men, aged 19 and 22 years, were arrested. One was held for court and the other was released on a promise to appear. They are facing charges including obstruction, driving while disqualified and possession for the purpose of trafficking in connection with the incident.

Their names have not been released.