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Joy ride in stolen Victoria Harbour ferry ends in arrest

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WATCH: A man is in custody after a Victoria Harbour ferry was stolen early Tuesday morning, leading to a police pursuit on the water – Jan 19, 2021

A man is in custody after a Victoria Harbour ferry was stolen early Tuesday morning, leading to a police pursuit on the water.

The suspect was captured on surveillance at the dock, just before 3:00 a.m.

You can hear the man say, “What are you doing? How come homeless people don’t stay here? This is so fun!”

Police said he initially started heading up the Gorge waterway from the Inner Harbour, but when officers arrived, he changed course and headed back to the dock where he tried to flee.

Read more: Man arrested after stealing the Victoria Clipper ferry in Seattle

Police jumped on another ferry to chase him. A Coast Guard vessel joined the pursuit, bringing officers on board.

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“Eventually, after a lengthy time trying to negotiate with this individual, they turned off their boat and did surrender and they were taken into custody without further incident,” said Const. Cam MacIntyre.

The vessel was not damaged.

A charge of theft over $5,000 is being recommended against the suspect, and further charges are being considered.

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