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Nanaimo Ferry Arrest: Road Rage Lands Man In RCMP Custody

A case of road rage left a 65-year old Surrey man in handcuffs Sunday afternoon.

Trouble began after the man was told by B.C. Ferries' traffic control officers at Nanaimo's Departure Bay Terminal that there was no room for his vehicle on board, said RCMP in a news release Monday.

Without a reservation, the man was told there would be a three-sailing wait for the next ferry and that he would have to move his vehicle off the boarding ramp.

Instead, the man refused to remove his vehicle and threw a tantrum.

After officers repeatedly asked the man to leave, the man got in his car and drove off the ramp and onto the sidewalk to wait for the next ferry.

When asked to produce his licence and registration, the man refused and drove off.

"There was a traffic control person 30 feet ahead of him and numerous cars," explained Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong with Nanaimo RCMP to News 1130.

"The (police) were extremely concerned that he was going to run somebody over and so one of the members jumped on his car over top of him and was able to put the car into park," Sgt. Armstrong told the radio station.

The man was located by Nanaimo RCMP a short while later and was arrested for one count of obstruction.

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