Axe-wielding man arrested on B.C. highway
Hazelton RCMP are asking for anyone who witnessed an incident involving a burning vehicle in the middle of Hwy16 and a distressed man nearby wielding an axe to call in to help the ongoing investigation.
On May 11 around 1 p.m., police responded to calls of a burning vehicle blocking Hwy16 near Cedarvale, a small community between Terrace and Hazelton, which led to a confrontation with a distressed man wearing a kilt who was reportedly swinging an axe at passing cars.
Witness Elvis Fjellner said traffic was backed up for half a mile towards Terrace on Hwy16.
And the highway was blocked for approximately two hours as RCMP dealt with the burning vehicle and talked down the distressed man, according to police media relations.
Here is an RCMP description of what happened:
"On May 11, 2014 at 13:59 hours, the New Hazelton RCMP and B.C. Conservation Services responded to a complaint that a 39 year old New Hazelton Man had set a vehicle on fire in the middle of Hwy 16 five Km’s west of Cedarvale.
Reports were received that the man was swinging an axe at passing motorists and could very well have struck some of the vehicles as they passed his point. When officers arrived the man fled to a driveway of a local residence where after a short negotiation, he surrendered to police without incident.
New Hazelton RCMP are in consultation with Crown Counsel and will be recommending charges of Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, assault with a weapon, intimidation by blocking a highway, arson and mischief.
The New Hazelton RCMP are asking anyone who may have any information regarding this incident, or may have cell phone video footage, to please contact Crime Stopper at 1-800-222-8477 or the New Hazelton RCMP at 250-842-5244."