Officers disable vehicle with spike belt, locate drugs and property




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Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy



West Vancouver – Officers disabled a vehicle on Hwy 99, and arrested a man and woman found to be in possession of stolen property and drugs, after the pair had allegedly failed to stop for police in a nearby jurisdiction.

On the morning of December 1, 2019 West Vancouver Police received information from Whistler RCMP that a vehicle that had failed to stop for their officers, and was last seen travelling Southbound on Hwy 99.

Anticipating that the vehicle may travel into West Vancouver, multiple officers set up on Hwy 99 between Horseshoe Bay and Lawrence Way.

At approximately 7:45 am, the vehicle was spotted travelling Southbound on Hwy 99, as it entered West Vancouver near Lawrence Way. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it continued Southbound, making no apparent effort to pull over.

A spike belt was deployed at Ansell Pl which successfully punctured one of the tires causing it to deflate, which ultimately disabled the vehicle.

The vehicle came to a stop on Hwy 1 at the Nelson Creek Bridge, and both occupants, a man and a woman, were taken into custody without incident.

Officers located illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, and property believed to have been stolen during a residential break and enter in another jurisdiction.

“This was a very methodical and tactical approach which led to the arrest of two people who were apparently on a crime spree through multiple jurisdictions,” says Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy. “We are proud of the work that our front-line officers do every day to apprehend criminals and prevent crime.”

The occupants were identified as 26-year-old Emerald Laverentz-Stewart of Kelowna B.C., and 33-year-old Aaron Goddard of no fixed address.

Both Laverentz-Stewart and Goddard were held in custody overnight.

On December 5, Laverentz-Stewart appeared in court and was convicted of the following charge:

  1. Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000 sec. 354 CCC (x1)

She was sentenced to a 6-month Conditional Sentence Order and 12-months Probation Order.

Goddard has been remanded in custody and is charged with the following:

  1. Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000 sec. 354 CCC (x1)
  2. Possession of a Controlled Substance sec. 4(1) CDSA (x1)

Goddard’s next scheduled court appearance is December 13, at 10:00am in North Vancouver.