A man who stole a car from a gas station customer in Abbotsford early Monday morning ended up crashing into another vehicle as he sped away.
The incident began at about 2:30 a.m. at the Shell gas station at McCallum and Marshall roads.
Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said a woman left her vehicle running as she went to pay for her gas.
A man, wearing booties and a hospital bracelet, jumped into the car and drove off. He immediately crashed into an SUV as he entered the intersection.
Both vehicles then crashed into a retaining wall at the business across the street. Both drivers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
MacDonald said the car thief told police that he is from Alberta and was on his way to Vancouver Island when his car broke down. Officers have not yet determined what hospital the man had recently been at and for what purpose.
Police are continuing their investigation, and charges are pending against the man, who remains in custody.