Two people were arrested on Wednesday north of Parksville following a car chase involving Oceanside and Nanaimo RCMP.
Around 3:30am, a witness confronted a man after catching him stealing from the Parksville Industrial Park.
The suspect fled in a stolen pickup, heading south of Highway 19A. Nanaimo RCMP were notified and followed the truck as it turned around and headed back to Parksville.
Oceanside RCMP put down a spike belt at the Northwest Bay Logging Road but the vehicle kept going even with a flat tire. They followed the truck until it lost control and drove into the grass median near Cook Creek.
The driver and passenger were arrested. The driver, a 44 year old man from Bowser, is facing several charges. He was due to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court yesterday.