A man and woman with extensive criminal histories in Alberta and Saskatchewan are facing more charges after being caught with a loaded handgun in a stolen vehicle in Abbotsford.
Sgt. Judy Bird said the incident began at 5:20 a.m. Monday (Dec. 7), when officers in the area of Marshall Road and Ware Street spotted a black pickup truck with stolen licence plates from Osoyoos.
The vehicle was followed a few blocks until it pulled into a parking lot in the 32100 block of Marshall Road. Bird said the officers tried to stop the truck and block it in, but the driver rammed a police car and an unoccupied parked vehicle while trying to escape.
The occupants were taken into custody and, when police searched the truck, they found a loaded 9mm handgun with altered serial numbers, Bird said. The truck was found to be stolen from Alberta.
Bird said the driver, Austin Graham, 25, and Brooke Goodwin, 24, have extensive criminal backgrounds in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Graham has outstanding warrants for his arrest in Saskatchewan and Alberta for being unlawfully at large, 11 counts of failing to comply with a release order, uttering threats and mischief under $5,000. He also has numerous outstanding firearm-related offences in Alberta.
Graham now has eight charges in Abbotsford, including possession of stolen property, firearms offences, failing to stop for police and assault with a weapon.
Goodwin had outstanding warrants for her arrest for seven counts of failing to comply with a release order and mischief under $5,000.
She now has five charges in Abbotsford, including possession of stolen property and firearms offences.
They have both been remanded in custody and will appear in court next week.